Debate with governance in the center, marked by poll and interrupted by protesters

Debate with governance in the center, marked by poll and interrupted by protesters

Governability marked the electoral debate with the eight parties with seats in the Assembly of the Republic, held this Friday at Nova SBE, interrupted by climate protesters and guided by a poll that puts AD ahead of voting intentions.

The PS secretary general was interrupted by someone who shouted for the fight against climate change and was removed from the room where the debate was taking place, at Nova SBE.

“The fight against climate change is not in the voting table, it is in the hands of the people”, shouted the protester who invaded the studio and stood in front of the moderator before being removed. Shortly afterwards, paint was thrown on the outer glass that served as a backdrop for the candidate.

Pedro Nuno Santos was the first to intervene, and the topic was governability, complaining that the PS’s position is clearer than the comments led us to believe”, explaining later that the PS will govern if it has an absolute majority, if it has a majority parliamentarian on the left, if he wins the elections, in a context of a right-wing majority, with the PSD not making this Government unfeasible.

This was followed by the president of the PSD, who was challenged to clarify his position on what he will do if he comes in second place. Shortly before, a survey by the Catholic University revealed that the AD (PSD, CDS-PP and PPM) leads voting intentions for the legislative elections on March 10, with 35%, but six points more than the PS (29%).

In this survey Chega is in third, with 17%, IL in fourth with 6%, before BE which has 4%. Livre has 3% and surpasses the CDU, which has 2%. The PAN wins again, the preference of just 1% of voters.

In response, Luís Montenegro considered that the PS’s position “is increasingly confusing and difficult to understand” and, regarding the survey, he considered that it shows the Portuguese people’s desire for change.

André Ventura pointed out that the survey shows a “stabilization” of Chega’s numbers, that “there will be no majority on the right without these votes”, and that the PSD leader cannot make viable what was “the second most important face” of the government majority socialist.

The Liberal Initiative guaranteed that its party will not facilitate a PS minority government. “It is essential that these eight years of left-wing governance are interrupted”, considered Rui Rocha, while Paulo Raimundo, from the CDU, devalued the coalition’s result in the polls and considered that “too much time is spent on form” and on “ geometry”, and time is wasted discussing the “content”.

Mariana Mortágua, from Bloco de Esquerda, considered that the “only alternative is the left majority” noting that the contraption allowed “the most stable government in recent times”, while for Inês Sousa Real, from PAN, the question is “what is that the political force that is in a position to form a government will be in a position to do so for the causes” of the party.

The last round of interventions was by Rui Tavares do Livre, who guaranteed that his party will be part of the solution “if there is a left-wing majority” and called for what happened in other countries to be avoided, with “division and hatred between populations” , insisting on “democratic pedagogy”.


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