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Portuguese Culture Minister resigns after threatening to slap two newspaper columnists

The Portuguese Culture Minister has resigned after threatening to slap two columnists at the newspaper Publico. He made the comments on social media

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Portuguese Culture Minister resigns after threatening to slap two newspaper columnists

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The Portuguese Culture Minister has resigned after threatening to slap two columnists at the newspaper Publico.

He made the comments on social media after the pair described his work style as one of “cronyism, domineering and rudeness.”

His apology was then criticised as being half-hearted after he said “I’m sorry if I scared them.”

Prime Minister Antonio Costa gave a public apology saying the episode did “not reflect how the government wants to relate to people.”

Joao Soares is the son of former president and prime minister Mario Soares.