Marques Mendes: In practice, Morais Sarmento stopped supporting Rio – Politics


Without speculating on who has the advantage in the dispute for the PSD leadership, Luís Marques Mendes indicated this Sunday that the most recent signs favor Paulo Rangel.

And the commentator and former president of the Social Democrats refers to the loss of support for Rui Rio, either at the level of some districts or by some important names within the party.

The district of Porto, the largest in the country in number of activists, “unanimously decided to support Paulo Rangel”. “The novelty is that in the past this district was always with Rui Rio. Now, it changed to Rangel. The same had already happened with others (in the case of Guarda). They changed to Rangel”, notes Marques Mendes.

Most. “There are several leading figures in the party who in the past supported Rio and now either support Rangel or remain neutral,” he stresses.

Amândium de Azevedo, a founder of the PSD and a friend of Sá Carneiro, now supports Rangel, when before he always supported Rio; Francisco Pinto Balsemão, Manuela Ferreira Leite, Nuno Morais Sarmento – before they supported Rio, now they no longer support him, becoming neutral”, he exemplifies.

Here, Marques Mendes particularly highlights Morais Sarmento. “The most emblematic case is Nuno Morais Sarmento. He is the current vice-president of Rui Rio. the most political vice-president of all. It was always his supporter. Decided to stay neutral. In practice, he decided not to support Rio”, he concludes.

Here it is, “nno one knows who will win. There are no surveys of PSD militants. You can win Rio. You can win Rangel. But in recent days there have been negative signs for Rui Rio and favorable signs for Paulo Rangel,” he says.


Marques Mendes also considers that the campaign has been “lukewarm”, which he partly attributes to the lack of debates. Still, he remarks, “it is not a campaign that damages the image of the PSD. Quite the contrary. It gives it visibility and prominence. The PSD is not losing out with this campaign.”

Source: Jornal de Negócios by www.jornaldenegocios.pt.

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