“There cannot be elections every year” and it is “preferable that the Government governs and governs better and better”, said Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa on his departure from Lisbon to Brazil, where he will attend the inauguration of the Brazilian President, Lula da Silva.
The Head of State said he doubted that a solution resulting from new elections would be more stable than the current absolute majority of the PS, which won the legislative elections on January 30, qualifying the dissolution of parliament as an “atomic weapon of last resort”.
The scenario of early elections was set by right-wing parties, first the CDS-PP and later by Chega.
Regarding the inauguration of new members of the Government, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said he hoped that in early 2023 the “government solution” proposed by the Prime Minister would be presented to him.
“The people voted 8 months ago, they haven't voted much longer, we are in a war and economic and financial crisis. Thirdly, it is not clear that there would be an immediate and strong alternative to what exists”, maintained Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
For the Head of State, “the country needs to take more advantages” than inconveniences from the dissolution of parliament, stressing that “experimentalism is not the best thing for democracies”.
“We had elections not even a year ago, we can't have elections every year, we can't, every time there are ministerial reshuffles or team replacements, even if due to problems that are perhaps more sensitive to a part of public opinion or public opinion in general, to be resorting to dissolution”, he defended.
Chefe do Estado disse duvidar que uma solução saída de novas eleições fosse mais estável do que a atual maioria absoluta do PS https://t.co/bOXJpgGxRN— CNN Portugal (@cnnportugal) December 30, 2022
“ (…) it is not clear that there would be an immediate and strong alternative to what exists”, maintained Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. (…) stressing that “experimentalism is not the best thing for democracies”.” – Portuguese, when it comes to how we´re perceived by others as to how we respond to relentless Government abuse and misgovernment, -we´re seen as SUCKERS (in Portuguese I´d translate this to “Tansos”). We have a President that might as well have come from the Dark Ages: Rape becoming a crime, when? NEVER (petition asking for this has been around FOR YEARS). When there were Presidential elections and he decided to run for 2nd term, he said “It´s not a good idea to switch Presidents in the middle of a Pandemic”. Mr. Rebelo de Sousa, ““We are all conscious that certain things have not gone as well”, he attempted to intercede as reporters held their microphones over the swirling melée. “In a democracy there can be 60%, 70%, 80%, 90% of people who understand that there are things that take time to change. There are those who suffer and are more critical of the parties that are in government, and with things that have nothing to do with anything. This is democracy”, he ventured. But after 40 years of it, Portugal “does not have health, does not have education, does not have security, does not have justice”, railed the emigré (so far unnamed). “From the mouth of a citizen”, ventured leader writer Manuel S. Fonseca in a short column in Correio da Manhã today.”
By guida from Lisbon on 31 Dec 2022, 06:50
Come back, Salazar, all is forgiven! We should instead confiscate ourselves and roll over pre-emptively under the bus before we´re pushed, - like the reliable, old sheeple that we truly are. Democracy be that! Irie, man!
By guida from Lisbon on 31 Dec 2022, 06:50
Some very good points Guida; as an outsider (for now) I always appreciate your detailed insight. Rape is not a crime!!! Yes, the Dark Ages for sure yet so progressive in other areas like drugs. A solution of course is a mammoth undertaking and although I agree with many of your posts I am hesitant for a snap election UNLESS another party has a better plan that they can lay out in writing for the Portuguese people to access. Elections cost a lot of $ and it was true, you needed cohesion, not chaos during the pandemic. Is there a political party there that promises to secure a fair and just future for all like Obama tried to do (no scandals there) and Biden is working at now? Can you suggest a party to keep an eye on for the next election. Your president did get elected again by a majority of your people so he must be doing something right I hope. Please mention a party or several that you think have "The Plan." Thanks
By Wes from USA on 01 Jan 2023, 19:35