Thirteen mayors are on the list of mayors, deputies and former socialist rulers who signed a declaration in support of Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa’s re-election.
Among them are Fernando Medina (Mayor of Lisbon), Eduardo Vítor (Mayor of Gaia and the Metropolitan Area of Porto), Manuel Machado (Mayor of Coimbra), Basílio Horta (Mayor of Sintra), Isilda Gomes (from the city of Portimão) and Alberto Mesquita (mayor of Vila Franca de Xira).
But the list also includes former ministers José António Vieira da Silva, Pedro Marques and Correia de Campos, former secretary of state, Bernardo Trindade, and deputies João Azevedo, from Viseu, Jorge Gomes, elected by Bragança, and Paulo Cafôfo, deputy in the Madeira Regional Assembly.
In the declaration, they assume that “the main reason” that leads them to support the re-election of the current President of the Republic is the fact that trust “that candidate Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa’s continued assertions of assuming identical attitude in a possible second term give you a particular ability to earn the popular vote “.
By Express, José António Vieira da Silva, ex-minister of Labor in the governments of José Sócrates and, more recently, in that of António Costa, says that in addition to taking a “positive” assessment of Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa’s first term, this position “is also very influenced by the circumstances” that the country lives and that they ask for a President of the Republic to be a guarantor “of stability, confidence and hope”.
“I think none of us voted for Marcelo five years ago”, assumes the socialist, but today he is convinced that the “positive” reading they make of Marcelo’s first term “is the reading made by most socialists”.
The signatories make a positive assessment of the current President of the Republic’s first term and explain why: because “it was essentially guided by the respect and appreciation of the current constitutional framework, by the country’s external dignity, by the promotion of political stability and political dialogue and social, and for a continued commitment to the mobilization of the Portuguese to defend national interests and to combat the various adversities that have marked the last few years “.
Considering that “the presidential elections of the next 24th are of great importance”, because the choice of the Head of State is at stake “at a time when Portugal, Europe and the World are experiencing the greatest crisis for more than half a century”, the socialists note “whoever the Portuguese choose for PR will have the enormous responsibility of contribute, within the scope of its constitutional competences, to support the fight against the crisis caused by the pandemic of the covid19 and to mobilize the country for a decisive economic and social recovery to shape our collective future in the coming decades “.
In an indirect reference to the new radical movements that appear and grow, in Portugal and in the world, the declaration refers to “the threat of political currents and movements that represent the return to a political framework of regression of democratic values, of impoverishment of social and civilizational advances and yielding to various forms of intolerance and discrimination “. And they trust that the presidential elections will be a time to reject these trends.
To the candidates and candidates who “propose” “to carry out this decisive mission” (to fight André Ventura), the signatories also leave a greeting. But they appeal to vote for Marcelo.
Source: Expresso by expresso.pt.
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