Assunção Cristas leaves warnings: “It saddens me to see CDS in the news always for bad reasons”

Assunção Cristas returned to a television interview, a year and a half after leaving the leadership, with the motto of the end of the cycle in Lisbon City Council. But it was the CDS that wanted to leave an alert: “It saddens me to see CDS in the news always for bad reasons and not to be heard in their proposals”, said the former centrist leader, stressing that she was “saddened” also with the former leaders who have announced the exit of the party. And he left a thoughtful message to his successor, Francisco Rodrigues dos Santos: that he should include critics and not exclude them: “There is a parliamentary group with high quality people. Deputies have worked a lot. I’ve always had people with different sensibilities in the direction. In diversity is the richness of the CDS”, said on RTP3.

Assunção Cristas measured her words, right from the start when asked whether she would have agreed to be head of Lisbon’s list of a coalition in Lisbon (leaving a splinter to the party’s leadership, which did not choose to force this solution to the PSD), but especially when asked about whether Nuno Melo’s intervention in the party’s parliamentary days foreshadows a candidacy for leadership. “It would be very impolite. What I can tell you is that Nuno Melo was my vice president, he has all the conditions to one day be the leader of the CDS, if he wants to. Whoever speaks of him speaks of Cecília Meireles or Adolfo Mesquita Nunes. The moment is only for them to say – in this case to Nuno Melo and Cecília Meireles” – because Adolfo, that one, has already excluded himself from a new challenge to Francisco Rodrigues dos Santos.

What Cristas wanted to emphasize is that “there is a space for the CDS”, which “has had four deputies, but has always been reborn after that”. He justified it by saying that the party brings “balance, sensibleness to the problems of Portuguese society”, unlike the new parties on the right, “some radicalists, others ideological purists”. About the PSD, with which he said that the CDS should dialogue, he left two criticisms of its leader, Rui Rio: one for opening a constitutional review with the PS that could facilitate a referendum on regionalization; the other for “sometimes saying it’s center-left, sometimes saying it’s center-right – it’s not clear”.

As for Chega, he stressed that he would never accept a political dialogue: “I broke an electoral coalition with the PSD because of the current president of Chega . I didn’t want any fuss with that kind of speech. I have not changed my mind: radicalism and postures that do not fit in with democratic values, there should not be this possibility of dialogue.”

“Seen from the outside, something has to happen for the political space of the moderate center-right to have some echo”, concluded the still councilor of the CDS in Lisbon City Council.

For the Government, there were vehement criticisms: that “it is very worn out”, that “the management of the pandemic, with advances and setbacks” was bad, that “the Minister of Internal Administration is deeply weakened”, or that “Education has ceased to guide strictly what is taught”. If the polls keep the PS away from the opposition, “let’s see how long,” he said, after announcing his complete withdrawal: “A cycle is closed, it’s time to fully return to my professional life, teaching.” And will it come back one day? “I can’t answer that,” he said, adding only that “next year you won’t see it at any CDS congress.”

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