The president of the PSD, Rui Rio, said that the “wear and tear” and “disorientation” of António Costa’s government was notorious, considering the need for a remodeling that, if he were prime minister, would include Eduardo Cabrita, is evident.
At this moment, the wear and tear and disorientation of the Government is notorious”, observed Rui Rio, in Porto, in statements on the sidelines of the Conference Cycle of the National Association of Young Entrepreneurs (ANJE) “PME XXI – What is the Future?”, to which he was invited.
Refusing to indicate which ministers in his view should be replaced, the social democrat said it is “evident that the Government needs to be remodeled” with a view to giving a new dynamic to governance.
“It is evident that the Government is suffering brutally, even, as far as I know, the relationship between governors is not the best, and, therefore, it was important for the country that the Government gain new spirit, new dynamics, new organization, that the composition that has is worn out”, he observed.
Asked whether the reshuffle can wait until after the municipal elections scheduled for September 26, the PSD leader made it clear that, if he had been prime minister, he would have already done so, before the situation “degraded as it has been degrading” and before the negotiations for the State Budget (OE).
I think so, I think the faster the remodeling is done the better, but from then on, the prime minister manages his timings“, said.
He also added that if Rio was prime minister, the minister of Internal Affairs, Eduardo Cabrita, would not be able to continue in the position.
If I were Prime Minister, in the model I understand, in the way I understand that the Government of Portugal should work, no. But I’m not the prime minister, it’s António Costa who will determine”, he declared.
For Rui Rio, this does not mean, however, that the PSD makes a global assessment of the socialist government which, he considers, “is clearly playing badly”.
The team is clearly playing poorly, it is disoriented, it is worn out, it is tired, it is having relationship difficulties, it is evident, if that is the case, it has to have a reaction”, he stated.
Asked if this wear could not favor the PSD, Rio admitted that it did, but stressed that for the country it would be “highly unfavorable”.
The prime minister, António Costa, said on Saturday, in an interview with Público newspaper, that “no reshuffling” of the Government is planned, and defended the work of its ministers and government stability.
Costa said that “no refurbishment” of his government is planned “on the horizon”.
António Costa also defended that the policy requires “a lot of persistence”, giving as an example that on Monday he will mark the start of the extension of the light rail to Loures, one of the proposals he presented when he was a candidate for the council of that municipality, in 1993.
In recent days, some parties have defended the resignation of the Minister of Internal Affairs, Eduardo Cabrita.
In another interview with the weekly Expresso, published on Friday, the minister of Foreign Affairs, Augusto Santos Silva, said he hoped that the PS “allow him to finish” his professional activity, in the coming years, at the Faculty of Economics of Porto
In commenting on these statements, the prime minister considered that Santos Silva is still “about five years old” and that “even the coldest rationalist always has a moment of ingenuity when talking to journalists.”