“I feel very irritated by not having a written opinion to know whether or not I could go to the debate,” Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa told RTP, where he was preparing to be present at this Tuesday night’s debate with all the candidates presidential elections, but where, after all, it will only enter by videoconference.
“I waited, I waited, the first opinion was that I could, then I was not, and when in doubt I came home”, explained the President-candidate, “irritated” by the “contradictory” information from the “Health authorities”, who “in should have given a written answer “.
“The President of the Republic has to be treated like any citizen, but at the very least there must be a written answer”, he insisted, concluding that “when the answer arrives, I won’t have time to go to the debate – that’s why I came home”.
Marcelo explained that he could not enter the debate from Belém because his participation will not be as President of the Republic but as a candidate. And if the Health authorities understand that, given the duplication of results of the four tests that the PR performed in the last two days – one that tested positive and three that tested negative for Covid 19 -, he should remain isolated, Marcelo will remain at his home of Cascais.
The President has been testing very regularly and since one of his aides tested positive last week, he has even been testing daily. On Monday, a quick test was negative but advised by health authorities, the PR did a PCR at the Champalimaud Foundation – which was positive.
That was when INEM went to Belém for a new collection and the analysis, carried out at the Ricardo Jorge Institute, was negative, a result confirmed in a fourth test this Tuesday.
At that time, RTP informed that the Health delegate had given Marcelo the green light to be in person at the debate and the candidate was preparing to do so. But at 5 pm, another information from the Health authorities advised the President to remain isolated until the meaning of the positive test was clarified.
The debate with all the candidates will be the last of the long series that daily had high ratings throughout the week.
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