The Cape Verdean Prime Minister guaranteed that the Government and the party that supports it “have no ties to extreme right parties”, after the case involving the Portuguese party Chega, which led to the resignation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
“There is one thing that I have to make clear. Neither this Government nor the party that supports it [Movimento para a Democracia, MpD], have some affinity or sympathy with Chega! in Portugal, not even parties with a similar ideological logic “, said the Prime Minister, Ulisses Correia e Silva, after accepting the resignation presented on Tuesday by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense, Luís Filipe Tavares.
At issue in this case, which has already led the opposition to ask for explanations from the Government, is a report by the Portuguese television station SIC about the Portuguese party Chega, broadcast on Monday and which identified that a financier of that extreme right party, Portuguese citizen , was appointed honorary consul of Cape Verde in Florida, United States.
Questioned by journalists, Ulisses Correia e Silva, who is also president of the MpD, said that the decision to resign should be “respected” and that “it protects itself”, Luís Filipe Tavares, and “from attacks that surely the opposition was preparing to do, destroying himself and trying to reach the Government “.
The resigned Cape Verdean Minister of Foreign Affairs justified his request for dismissal, accepted by the Prime Minister, with the desire to “spare Cape Verde” from the “wear and tear” caused by the association of an honorary consul to the Portuguese extreme right.
In a statement sent on Tuesday to the Lusa agency, Minister Luís Filipe Tavares begins by stating that in the process of choosing Portuguese citizen Caesar DePaço for the honorary consul of Cape Verde in Florida, United States, he was “always in good faith” and that he based the decision on the fact that he “was an honorary consul of Portugal for several years, that he was a well-placed and considered person in American society and that he wanted to invest in Cape Verde with the necessary own resources”.
“I also relied on information about it obtained from independent and credible sources,” he said.
The Cape Verdean government announced on Tuesday that Luís Filipe Tavares asked the prime minister, Ulisses Correia e Silva, to resign from his posts, according to a government note sent to Lusa.
The note added that the prime minister accepted the resignation and that, in the meantime, he will present the name of the new foreign minister and defense minister to the President of the Republic.
The prime minister has excused himself to advance the name of the replacement for Luís Filipe Tavares, who is also vice-president of the MpD, adding that he will first take the proposed name to the President of the Republic.
Even so, Ulisses Correia e Silva pointed out that the now ex-minister “has life beyond the Government and politics” and that he has Luís Filipe Tavares for “next missions”, underlining the “clear conscience” of the Government in this case.
Luís Filipe Tavares justified in the same statement: “I did not, nor could I, inquire about Dr. DePaço’s political sympathies in the American and Portuguese context, guided by the unwavering belief in the freedom of political party choice that should be recognized by all citizens , without any distinction “.
Furthermore, he assumes that it is his “conviction” that “such sympathies are irrelevant in the criterion for choosing honorary consuls or any other office”.
“It is also true that Cape Verde should not meddle in party issues in other countries, nor allow such issues to interfere with its choices, just as it does not accept the interference of foreign political parties in the country’s internal issues,” he said.
He further argues that “the thorough proof of probity” by DePaço “was [autorização de um Estado à admissão de um cônsul de outro Estado] granted to him by the American authorities “, which did not lead him to arouse” the need for further inquiries “.
“I have a clear conscience given by the conviction that, in this case and in others, I have always tried to do my best to serve Cape Verde. However, considering additional and recent information circulated, without making any value judgment on its merit and yet imbued with the spirit of sparing Cape Verde the additional hardship and wear and tear that result from possible negative political repercussions, I could not have anything other than to demand your excellence from the Prime Minister and my resignation from the post of Foreign Minister and Communities and Minister of Defense “, he wrote.
The resignation occurred on the same day that the Cape Verdean President, Jorge Carlos Fonseca, set the date for the legislative elections for April 18 and presidential elections for October 17.
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