In an interview with RTP, asked if he considers that “a refreshment by the Government is healthy or induces more instability and will be inadvisable”, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa referred the question to the Prime Minister, António Costa.“It is only in very exceptional cases that the President fails to name names for the Government. And then, once the members of the Government are appointed, they will only leave on their feet, but having the Prime Minister proposed to leave or being the Prime Minister to propose the departure, forcing the departure of the members of the Government “, he framed. Then, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa pointed out that this “is a year of municipal elections”, adding: “Experience shows that prime ministers make assessments, municipal elections are systematically a kind of sub-cycle within the broader cycle that are legislatures, are two years within four years “.
“And what has happened, in one way or another, or what happened in the previous legislature, happened in previous legislatures, is that the prime ministers feel at a certain moment the need to refresh the composition of the Government”, continued the chief of State.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa stressed that this “is a decision taken by the prime ministers”.
Asked specifically about the continuity of Eduardo Cabrita as Minister of Internal Administration, the President of the Republic referred that “the Prime Minister has even expressed his confidence in members of the Government who, in specific aspects or in specific situations, are questioned”.
“If the Prime Minister understands that he should not make changes to the Government, it is he who decides on the matter, it is a political judgment, he makes the political evaluation. And he is evaluated politically by the evaluation he makes,” he concluded.
Asked to answer whether he subscribes to António Costa’s opinion that Eduardo Cabrita is “an excellent Minister of Internal Administration”, the President of the Republic replied: “Because if I am not Prime Minister, I do not have to subscribe to opinions about the Government”.
Source: Jornal de Negócios by www.jornaldenegocios.pt.
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