Marques Mendes says he has no ambition to run for Belém or other political office


Former PSD leader Luís Marques Mendes assured this Wednesday that he had no ambition to run for the Presidency of the Republic or another political office, and defended that the PSD has a “great opportunity” to win the European and legislative ones.

In a long ‘lesson’ before the students of the 18th edition of the PSD Summer University, Marques Mendes also made a prediction about the package of social support measures that the Government should approve next Monday in the Council of Ministers.

“It will be a very robust package, an impactful package as far as I know, with a lot of public expenditure. I don’t know the measures, it may even surpass Luís Montenegro’s already bold and robust proposal. The Government’s package can be a big deal”, foresaw.

Marques Mendes was challenged by the director of the Universidade de Verão, former MEP Carlos Coelho, to preview the electoral cycle that begins with European elections in 2024, continues in 2025 with local elections and ends in 2026 with legislative and presidential elections.

Regarding Belém, the former president of the PSD between 2005 and 2007 considered it “very early” to make predictions, but stressed that the four civilian heads of state elected so far were party leaders.

In the students’ questioning phase, Mendes was challenged to decide whether he would follow the path of the current President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and after being PSD leader and television commentator star in a candidacy for Belém, or who would see in that place in the center right.

“To repeat for the umpteenth time – although some think this is not genuine, but it is -: it is not in my ambitions, in my purposes, in my goals for the future, any candidacy, be it for any other position”, he said, without naming names. possible for this job.

The former Social Democrat leader also sought to contest similarities with the current President of the Republic, saying that the latter was far superior both in political commentary – “he was the pope of commentary” – and from a political point of view.

“The only great similarity between us is that we are united by a great friendship”, he said.

As for the rest of the electoral cycle, Marques Mendes defended that the “great ambition of the PSD” should be “first to win the European elections”, stressing that it would be the party’s first electoral victory in nine years.

“Second, try to win or have the greatest possible result in local authorities and, above all, try to return to the Government in legislative elections”, he pointed out.

Regarding the latter, which should take place after the presidential elections, Marques Mendes considered that the PSD “may have a great opportunity” to win them, anticipating that the opponent on the PS side will no longer be the current prime minister, pointing out some difficulties in the coming years for António Costa.

“Everyone knows that the prime minister would love to have a European post – and if there had not been early elections he would probably not run in the 2024 legislative to try for a European post – this can introduce enormous personal and political frustration to the current prime minister. “, he warned.

For Mendes, “it will be a drama to have a prime minister who is frustrated, disillusioned, ill-tempered, not happy with his life.”

“He is a prime minister who does not have all the capacity to direct the Government”, he pointed out.

For more than an hour and a half, Marques Mendes argued that the country and politicians should have more ambition in their goals, not fear structural reforms and do “what is important and not just what is urgent”.

“Political life is dynamic, it’s more like a movie than a photograph. The resignation of the Minister of Health is an excellent example of how politics has cycles, ups and downs. Power is the most ephemeral thing in the world, it should be people keep coherence and humility”, he challenged.

The 18th edition of the PSD Summer University, a political training initiative for young people that has been taking place since 2003 (with a two-year break in 2020 and 2021 due to the covid-19 pandemic), takes place in Castelo de Vide (Portalegre) from Monday to Sunday, with the party’s president, Luís Montenegro, to close.


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

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