LISBON, May 19 (Xinhua) -- Portuguese singer and Eurovision winner for 2017, Salvador Sobral, was officially praised by Portuguese parliament on Friday.
The music Amar pelos Dois that he sang was written by his sister Luisa Sobral with arrangements by Luis Figueiredo. The music came in first place, and was voted not only by national juries, but by the televote of 40 countries," said Socialist MP Idalia Serrao at parliament, adding that it also meant a victory for the Portuguese language.
The 27-year-old won the victory for Portugal on Saturday for the first time in Eurovision history.
Together with his sister, Luisa, Sobral attended a vote to be officially congratulated by the parliament, which was approved unanimously.
"I hope it will mean a slightly bigger slice for the culture budget, which has been pretty much forgotten," Sobral said following his meeting with the President of the Portuguese parliament, Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues.
His sister Luisa said it was a "big honor" to have received praise from the parliament and for Portugal to be recognised for its music.
Portugal will be hosting the contest next year.