The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, today asked young people to participate in the improvement of democracy and development achieved with the 25th of April, to lead the contest and transform the parties.

Build April today, that’s your role“, he defended, in an intervention in which he rebutted the idea that” the dictatorship had an advantage in relation to some weak points of today’s democracy “, remembering” the educational, health and social indicators “of the time of the dictatorship.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa left these messages during an initiative that brought together four captains of April and young people from various sectors of activity, including the military and elements of the security forces, to talk in the former arena of the Palace of Belém, in Lisbon, for more than five hours.

In the middle of the meeting, the head of state, the colonels Vasco Lourenço, who chairs the 25 de Abril Association, Nuno Santos Silva and António Rosado da Luz and Admiral Martins Guerreiro and the young people went to a balcony of the palace to sing the “Grândola, Vila Morena” and the national anthem, at 18:00.

The goal is to sing in solidarity. Last year I had sung at the window. It’s a great initiative. There are several ways to keep the April message alive, this is a“, declared the President of the Republic.

Then, the meeting was resumed, with questions from the youth and answers from the captains of April, and in the end Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa took the floor once again on this 25th of April.

Addressing young people, the President of the Republic told them that their role is “to lead the contest, to lead the criticism, to lead the movements of change” and that, if they do not feel represented by politicians, “it is very simple, replace the politicians, these politicians “.

Tskin we are politicians. The solution is to participate“, he maintained.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said that this may involve “creating movements, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), creating associations, creating parties or transforming existing parties”.

What is not a solution is to move away“added the head of state, noting that” there is a lot to change “and that” only dictatorships think that they are perfect and that they are complete “.

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