The candidate for the leadership of the CDS-PP Nuno Melo accused the party’s leadership of an attempt at an “institutional coup d’etat” and announced that he will challenge the call of the National Council scheduled for this Friday.
“The CDS is a structuring party and the founder of democracy and is currently experiencing the first act of an institutional coup attempt that I want to denounce and strongly repudiate,” he said.
Nuno Melo refused a possible postponement of the elective congress, scheduled for 27 and 28 November, following the political crisis caused by the “lead” of the State Budget, and stated that “those who are afraid to vote inside will hardly have the capacity to conquer votes out”.
The centrist was speaking to journalists at the door of the CDS-PP headquarters, in Lisbon, on Thursday night, while a meeting of the National Political Commission, an extended management body, took place inside the building from around 10 pm .
The MEP also criticized the convening, overnight, of the extraordinary National Council scheduled urgently for Friday in order to deliberate “on the holding of the XXIX National Congress” and argued that it would have to be “convened with at least 48 hours in advance”.
“Obviously I will challenge this summons and after the internal court of the party I will appeal to the Constitutional Court,” he announced.
The candidate for the leadership of the CDS is against holding the 29th Congress via video call and says he does not trust the voting system.
When he arrived at Largo Adelino Amaro da Costa, accompanied by the parliamentary leader, Telmo Correia, Nuno Melo was received with applause by a few dozen supporters, and after entering the headquarters, he went up to the first floor, to the room where the meeting is taking place, and went to the window greet people.
Among the supporters were the leader of the Lisbon district of the CDS-PP, João Gonçalves Pereira, the council leader and councilor in the Lisbon City Council, Diogo Moura, and MPs Pedro Morais Soares and Miguel Arrobas.
Source: Renascença – Noticias by rr.sapo.pt.
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