This Tuesday, RTP will hold the debate between the seven candidates for the presidential election, which was in doubt after the positive test of the new coronavirus of the President and re-candidate, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
The information was given in newspaper 3 to 17, on RTP-3. The debate, in person, at 21:55, will be broadcast on an open channel by RTP-1 and RTP-3 (cable), a public television source told Lusa.
The positive test, given that Marcelo was in television debates, without a mask, with all his opponents, cast doubt on the continuation of the electoral campaign for the January 24 elections.
The majority canceled the campaign actions for today and Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa participated, by videoconference, in the meeting of specialists and politicians at the Infarmed headquarters, in Lisbon, on the epidemiological evolution.
The President of the Republic today had a second negative diagnostic test of the new coronavirus, after having tested positive on Monday, and, at about 15: 0, he was waiting for guidance from the health authorities.
On Monday night, the Presidency of the Republic reported that Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa had performed a PCR test with a positive result, but was asymptomatic, in isolation at the Palace of Belém, in Lisbon.
Already in isolation, that night the head of state carried out a new PCR test, the negative result of which was known this morning and, following these disparate results, today carried out a “confirmatory test” now disclosed, also negative.
The presidential elections, which take place in the midst of the covid-19 epidemic in Portugal, are scheduled for January 24 and this is the 10th time that the Portuguese have been called to choose the President of the Republic in democracy, since 1976.
The election campaign started on the 10th and ends on the 22nd of January. Seven candidates are running for election, Marisa Matias (supported by the Left Block), Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (PSD and CDS / PP) Tiago Mayan Gonçalves (Liberal Initiative), André Ventura (Arrives), Vitorino Silva, better known as Tino de Rans , João Ferreira (PCP and PEV) and PS activist Ana Gomes (PAN and Livre).
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