Local authorities: Jerónimo de Sousa rejects concern about Chega no Alentejo

The general secretary of the PCP rejected this Tuesday to be concerned about the presence of Chega in Alentejo, considering that references to this possibility are an “exaggeration manifest” and that André Ventura’s party lives off this attention.

Questioned by journalists on the sidelines of a statement about the railway, at the Beja station, about the possibility of André Ventura’s party being able to gain a municipal presence in that region, Jerónimo de Sousa considered that this is a “no concern”.

There is a manifest exaggeration regarding the systematic reference to this force [política]. It lives from this, not from an initiative, not from a proposal, not from a response to the concrete problems here, in the regions, in the municipalities, in the people”, advocated the communist leader, preferring, therefore, to focus attention on the PS, the party that is in government and currently with decision-making capacity.

The general secretary of the PCP started the first official day of the municipal campaign in the municipality of Moura, a municipality that the CDU lost to the socialists in 2017 and for which the president of Chega is a candidate for the municipal assembly.

During the morning, it was the candidates of the coalition for the assembly and municipal council of Moura alluding to André Ventura’s candidacy in that municipality.

Without referring directly to Chega, the CDU candidate for the Municipal Assembly of Moura, Helena Costa Pais, one of André Ventura’s opponents, criticized the decision made by the deputy to run for this council.

We will not allow legitimate discontent to be taken advantage of by irresponsible, inconsequential and prejudiced adventurers, who know nothing of our land and do not care who wants to make their living here.”, commented.

The candidate for the leadership of the municipality by the CDU, André Linhas Roxas, blamed the emergence of populism in the county on the PS, justifying it with unfulfilled electoral promises, but devaluing the appearance of Chega.

“Populism doesn’t come from now, it’s been here for a long time. Populism and demagoguery in the municipality of Moura have a name: it is the Socialist Party and the PS is our main adversary”, maintained André Linhas Roxas, the candidate who has the task of recovering the municipality lost four years ago to the socialists.

With a speech totally centered on the PS, the CDU candidate warned that the Chega ao municipality candidacy is a distraction, speaking of “puppets”: “Don’t be distracted by puppets, because these are only good for that, to distract.”

Criticizing the socialist management of the last four years, the CDU candidate said that a council like this “is not managed by Facebook, it is not managed on a day-to-day basis, it is not managed by making promises on top of promises, as the Local PS and national PS”.

The Unitarian Democratic Coalition (CDU) – composed of the Portuguese Communist Party (PCP), the Ecological Party “Os Verdes” (PEV) and the Associação Intervenção Democrática – is running for 305 chambers in the municipal elections of 26 September.

Four years ago, it lost nine municipalities to the socialists and recorded the worst result in this electoral act.

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