Arrives wants new agreement to make budget viable in the Azores. “Everything is open” – Portugal

José Pacheco, the only deputy for Chega in the Azores, has not yet decided on the direction of voting for the Regional Budget for 2022, whose voting will take place next week, holding the regional government for the time being while negotiations are taking place. José Pacheco does not accept, for the time being, André Ventura’s decision to withdraw support for the regional government.

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“The dialogue is finally taking place”, said the Chega deputy, before warning: “This will be the last opportunity given by Chega.” “We believe that the negotiations that are still taking place [com o presidente do Governo Regional de coligação PSD/CDS-PP/PPM] can result in serious compromises. But for that to happen, we demand that they start treating Chega with the respect it deserves. And I refer to the relationships both in the Azores and at the national level. Either they understand that we are a trustworthy party or they don’t count on us,” said José Pacheco, at a press conference in Ponta Delgada.

The Regional Government of the Azores assured Chega that it will fulfill certain requirements for the Budget to be approved. “Everything is open,” said José Pacheco. The final decision will be announced on Wednesday, 24.

Among the requirements are the reformulation of the executive and the inspection of the Social Insertion Income (RSI). However, José Pacheco still demands a new agreement of parliamentary support to the Regional Government. “The agreement has been torn up. It’s too vague. The agreement will be revised.”

The National Direction of Chega asked on Wednesday the Azorean party structure to withdraw its support to the Regional Government (PSD/CDS-PP/PPM), having José Pacheco said then that he was still in “negotiations” with the executive and that it is his the last word”.

The Legislative Assembly is made up of 57 elected representatives and the right-wing coalition – which represents 26 deputies – needs three more parliamentarians to have an absolute majority.

As the coalition signed a parliamentary influence agreement with Chega and the PSD with the Liberal Initiative, the feasibility of the Regional Budget 2022 by these parties was expected, as well as by the independent deputy (who maintained his support for the executive when he left Chega).

But IL has been threatening to vote against, now saying it continues to “fight” in the negotiations, and independent deputy Carlos Furtado said post-election parliamentary understanding is “dead”, so “either people change or more it’s worth going to elections”.

The parliament also has 28 more deputies: 25 deputies from the PS, which has already announced its vote against, two from the BE, which admitted to voting against, and one from the PAN. In the latter case, the sole deputy, who abstained on the Government Program and Regional Budget 2021, is only awaiting validation from the local political commission to vote against the 2022 Budget, discussed next week.

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