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Former President says “it is unjustifiable to delay the appointment of the new government any longer”
Jorge Sampaio, who was President before Cavaco Silva, has spoken publicly for the first time about the government crisis created by Cavaco Silva. According to Jorge Sampaio, “Portugal needs a government that fulfills all its functions, as defined by the Constitution, and can meet the demands of the national and international situation.”
All the presidential candidates (the next presidential elections will happen on 24 January) have announced they would recognise the secretary-general of the Socialist Party, António Costa, as Prime Minister. This Wednesday, the President met with a group of bankers; on Thursday, he spoke to economists and today he will speak to the different parties. The President has yet to announce when he will reach a decision.
If he chooses not to appoint António Costa, “the President would be completely isolated and would face a gigantic wave of protest not just from the left but from everyone in this country, from the left to the right, who believes in democracy.
According to Catarina Martins of the Left Bloc, if he chooses not to appoint António Costa, “the President would be completely isolated and would face a gigantic wave of protest not just from the left but from everyone in this country, from the left to the right, who believes in democracy." "The President does not have any alternative that is supported by the Constitution” other than to appoint António Costa, she added.
According to the Communist Party's Jerónimo de Sousa, “any attempt by Cavaco Silva to subvert the Constitution will be met by a democratic response from the workers and the people. Cavaco Silva assumes full responsibility for the political and institutional consequences of his decisions that, through his actions or omissions, may make the national situation worse”.