One month away from having a successor, Rio insists on its usual themes: reform of justice and electoral laws


In exactly one month from now, there will be a new elected leader of the PSD. The handover will only be completed at the beginning of July, but on May 28 the Social Democrats choose between Luís Montenegro and Jorge Moreira da Silva. Even so, after four years of leadership and a month away from having a successor, the still president of the PSD, Rui Rio, insists on his usual banners: the reroma of justice and the electoral system.

In his farewell speech at the 7th PSD Academy of Political Training for Women, in Vila Nova de Gaia, the social-democratic president criticized the “laxity” and aversion to reforms of the Socialist Party, without which there will be no “change of mentalities” in Portuguese society.

For change to happen, Rui Rio guarantees that it is essential to change the electoral system “to bring the elect closer to the voters and reinforce the weight of the interior“. Reforming justice and “changing the functioning of political parties in order to do away with the small interests that dominate them” were other goals that he does not give up, along with the reform of public finances, which forces him to take care of less debt.

This Saturday, Rui Rio also advocated that a constitutional review is essential to change the municipal and legislative electoral cycles from four to five years. “I’ve been here for four years and I’ve had three direct elections, two legislative, one municipal, one for the European Parliament, elections in the autonomous regions of the Azores and Madeira and even Presidential”, he listed, concluding that 10 elections in a period of four years makes a ungovernable country. “That’s not possible,” he defended.

Internally, he recalled that in three or four months the PSD faced the local authorities, direct and a congress, repeating that it was necessary to “change this”, a change that he claims can only be made with “brave political agents“. To conclude, Rui Rio insisted again that the country has to be reformed, even though the media says it has already realized “that the PS doesn’t want to do them”. want to do that you shouldn’t reform”, she warned to the applause of the audience of fifty social-democratic women.


Source: Expresso by expresso.pt.

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