Former Prime Minister Pedro Santana Lopes, who today presented his candidacy for the Chamber of Figueira da Foz, 24 years after having done so for the first time, guaranteed that he intends to fulfill the three mandates for a “leading” municipality.
After having been president of that municipality in the district of Coimbra between 1997 and 2001 by the PSD, Santana Lopes, who now performs for the “Figueira a Primeira” movement, said today that he left Figueira da Foz to conquer Lisbon, as a “national imperative ”.
This time, however, the former president of the PSD and former secretary of state promised three terms, the maximum allowed by law, and a Figueira da Foz “in front, leader”.
Figueira da Foz must be the capital of the sea. Figueira has to lead in research and science, and, therefore, a research center in marine sciences will be born between Costa de Lavos and Gala”, said, in addition to a forest research center.
Admitting that the “new people” were the ones who most encouraged him to return to Figueira da Foz, Pedro Santana Lopes demanded respect for the municipality and recalled the “lack of respect” that currently exists, with four people managing the Port of Figueira, but are from Aveiro.
“But what has been done in these last 20 years? How is the Oasis (on the beach)? How is the Palace of Majorca? The Seiça Convent?” he asked.
Santana Lopes also promised a municipality with more “self-love, with pride”, a “clean and orderly” municipality, without “this chaos you see around”.
The candidate also guaranteed that “no tree will be cut down, unless for reasons of public emergency”, and said he wanted an attractive fig tree all year round and not just in the summer.
“It is necessary to know and get right on the way. Get the strategy right. It is necessary to appoint mission officers, who cost little to the municipality, but who carry the projects forward”.
Regarding the debt that he will eventually have left, Santana Lopes said that this was a “good expense”, because it was made in equipment “that can be used for several generations”.
Ensuring more support and “energy” for associations and communities, Santana requires beds in continuous care units for the municipality and explained that he will reduce the debt, without promising, for now, a reduction in taxes.
A “more cultured” city, an “enlarged” port, eventually with a “terminal” on the left bank of the Mondego, are other ideas of the “Figueira a Primeira” movement.
The investment in art teachers for the children of the municipality is another planned investment.
“How are we going to make Figueira live better? Figueira has to win the train of the future, has to be a leader. I’m convinced that I can be useful and because I really like municipal work. I come to Figueira excited and convinced that I can improve people’s lives. I don’t accept seeing a series of lands evolving and Figueira marking time, with resigned people. There is a Bacoque centralism in Portugal that punishes. And that has to be fought”.
Santana Lopes said, finally, that he is back to “put the city in order”, listing a set of works that should have been done in recent years, but which, in his opinion, were not.
“A clear and unequivocal majority” was one of the last requests from Santana Lopes, who wants to “work seriously to improve the lives of people from Figueires” and who will be “full-time” in charge of Municipal Works and Infrastructures.
In Figueira da Foz, the candidacies of Rui Curado Silva (BE), Pedro Machado (PSD), Miguel Mattos Chaves (CDS-PP), João Carlos Domingues (Enough), Pedro Santana Lopes (independent) and Carlos Monteiro (PS) are announced. ), current president of the municipality.
The municipal executive of Figueira da Foz is led by the PS, with six terms, against three for the PSD, and the party has withdrawn the political trust from two of its councilors.
Local elections are scheduled for September 26th.