PCP does not want elections and accuses PS of wanting an absolute majority – Última Hora

The secretary general of the PCP this Thursday accused the PS of not having allowed the approval of the State Budget (OE) for 2022 because “it wants an absolute majority” to “be able to freely maintain its commitments to the deficit and big capital” .

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“There is no budget, because the PS wants an absolute majority to, without conditioning, not respond to the country’s problems and be able to freely maintain its commitments to the deficit and big capital to the detriment of what interests the workers and the people,” he said. Jerónimo de Sousa, at a PCP rally in Évora. “Millions of Portuguese are wondering why it was not possible to approve the budget. The future will tell, but the tip of the veil is already being lifted,” he said, recalling that, on Wednesday, in the Assembly of the Republic, when closing the debate on oE2022, the prime minister, António Costa, “asked for a stable and lasting majority for the PS”.

“After all, what the PS wants is an absolute majority”, he said, underlining: “It shows that there is no budget, because the PS didn’t want it”.

According to the leader of the PCP, “the Government refused answers and solutions, leading to the fact that OE2022 has not been approved” and, in the future, “it should draw conclusions” from the “lead” of the document.

On the other hand, if the Government “has this sense of solving problems, nothing prevents it from presenting a new proposal for SO2022 and assuming the necessary commitments beyond it”.

The OE2022 “is not destined to be rejected if it contains the answers that the country needs”, he argued, insisting that “if the PS and the Government conclude that they want to continue to refuse what the country needs, then definitively draw their conclusions from there. “.

According to Jerónimo de Sousa, the PCP does not want elections, “nor are they inevitable”, because “nothing forces the rejection” of OE2022 to “result in the need to dissolve the AR and call for elections”.

“Nothing prevents the Government in office from responding to what it has to respond in the most immediate way”, that is, “to fully implement what this year’s State Budget has inscribed and which is yet to be executed” and “decide on decisive issues that are beyond the budget, whether in terms of wages, workers’ rights, energy prices”.

Also “nothing prevents the Government from entering the year 2022 with management in twelfths”, he said, recalling, to “those who have a short memory”, that “this was the case for three months in 2020, not to mention the even longer period in 2016”.

The executive led by António Costa may enter 2022 with management in twelfths “responding to the problems”, stressed Jerónimo de Sousa, shooting: “It is a question of the Government’s will and option”.

“The PCP is not fighting for elections, it is fighting for solutions for the country, but we are not afraid of them and we have reasons to face them with confidence”, he stressed.

Jerónimo de Sousa said that “there are those who question whether there is a danger of opening the door to the right” with the ‘lead’ of OE2022 and the holding of early legislatives.

“Those who throw open the doors on the right, who extend the red carpet, are the ones who do not want to give answers to the problems that the people are confronted with”, he warned, noting that “what millions of Portuguese do not understand is because, given the means and conditions to do so, the Government refuses answers and solutions to meet the demands of a better life”.

Jerónimo de Sousa asked the PS to “let go of the excuses, not be tied to big capital and use the powers it has to take these measures”.

Also “there will be those who wonder” if the PCP demanded “everything” for OE2022, he continued, referring that the party did not approach “even the patriotic and left-wing policy that would give the answer that the country needs”.

“What the PCP proposed to the Government was not to give everything to everyone. It was to respond to the most pressing problems. When it is the Government itself that claims that resources are available as never before, we are the ones who ask if this is not the time to respond to the problems “.

On Wednesday, parliament generally failed OE2022, with votes against by PSD, BE, PCP, CDS-PP, PEV, Chega and IL, paving the way for early legislative elections.

The PS was the only party to vote in favor of the budget proposal, which deserved the abstentions of the PAN and the two non-registered deputies Joacine Katar Moreira and Cristina Rodrigues.

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