The choice of socialist Pedro Adão e Silva as executive commissioner for the commemorations of the 50th anniversary of the 25th of April has been shrouded in great controversy, especially on the right.
Rui Rio even said that the appointment was a “compensation” for the comments made in favor of the Government in various media, such as TSF or Expresso.
In response, in an interview with TVI24, Adão e Silva used an ironic tone to say that he was sad to learn that the president of the PSD did not follow his political comments.
I was sad to see that Rio doesn’t follow my comments (…) It’s certainly an accusation made hot, which I attribute to the context of the electoral campaign”, said.
But it didn’t stop there. The socialist, who after all is no longer a PS militant, made a point of clarifying that he has “personal and financial autonomy” and that this appointment is not about a “jobs for the boys”.
I have my personal and financial autonomy, so I’m not looking for jobs”, assured.
In the same vein, he clarified that he will suspend his employment as an assistant professor at ISCTE to assume the new functions full-time, even if the position does not require: “In relation to my situation, I will become an executive commissioner and I will suspend my relationship with the university”.
“I will be equated to general director and that is the minimum criterion”
Pedro Adão e Silva also explained that his remuneration as an executive commissioner “is not a complement”, but rather a “substitute” to his current remuneration.
I will be equated to general director and that is the minimum criterion”, declared saying that there are those who are equated with secretary of state or public manager.
Regarding criticisms about the availability of a driver and a team of five advisors, Adão e Silva said that “what is defined in the Council of Ministers is a maximum mark”.
He classified the issue of the driver as “caricata”, since in Lisbon, he assured, he uses public transport.
This is a driver who exists in the General Secretariat and who will be at the service of this structure (…) He is not a personal driver for me to ride in the back seat. That doesn’t do anything my style”, he said.
“I would never have accepted the job without the President’s involvement”
In an interview in which he refuted all the criticisms that have been pointed out to him, Adão e Silva began by saying that he had faced this “huge challenge” with “great honor” and that he would never accept it without the approval of Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
Even so, he assured that in the next legislative sessions, if a new prime minister is elected, he will make his place available.