When there are only a few days (September 22) for the regional elections in Madeira and less than three weeks to the parliamentary elections of the 6 of October, all of Portugal sat down before the TV to watch one of the three major networks, the face to face between the current prime minister, the socialist Antonio Costa , and the leader of the opposition, the conservative Rui Rio.
it was Not a Monday night either, it was the last chance of the leader of the PSD of trying to trim positions in front of the overwhelming dominance that give the polls to the Socialist Party: around 42% of the votes.
With the poor 23%, which given the polls, to Rui Rio had no choice but to sharpen the claws... Not only to try to corner the president who has been more than two years to govern without having been subjected to the verdict of the polls ( Costa came to power through a vote of no confidence in December of 2015) but to wash his own image is inconsistent and banish the ghost of his ancestor, Pedro Passos Coelho .
But the former mayor of Porto is not finished to take advantage of the lack of brilliance of the former mayor of Lisbon , and even resorted to putting on the face of the network nepotism socialist who is popularly known as the "familygate". Not a single mention of sons, brothers or cousins who have benefited from the relationships socialist rampant that lives in Portugal in this last stage. Up came to light (a few weeks ago) corruption in order to achieve site in the cemeteries of the capital by the local office of the party founded by the late Mario Soares, but Rui Rio are not launched by these paths.
He had always boasted to know bring to the socialists when pactaba with them in Porto, and now grows the perception that could set up a grand coalition , in view of which the absolute majority is evidently difficult, and the current "geringonça" does not pass through its peak due to the disagreement evidenced both by the communists and the Bloco de Esquerda.Debate simmering
The draw of television between Antonio Costa and Rui Rio consummated in the absence of harshness , although, in reality, ended up winning over the conservative leader, so low was their initial expectation.
The political portuense, which will travel to Paris this weekend with the goal of attracting to the community of Portuguese officials in the French capital, made gala of its characteristic strategy warmth , which makes it appear a correction, in the background, hides the stalking of a claw.
Rio do not believe the accounts presented by the socialist Government, and knew perfectly well that the freezing of public investment has resulted in a marked deterioration of the Health and public transport, converted into a real calvary to the Portuguese of walking, especially in Lisbon.
The test of imminent elections, the autonomous region, in the archipelago of Madeira has more importance than it seems. The conservatives in the PSD lead to ruling in Funchal since the Revolution of the Carnations, but now the socialists would be able to play at the level of the island the "geringonça" standing start at the national level with the (volatile) sustenance of the radical left.
In any case, Antonio Costa pull out chest because of the political stability that showcases Portugal, in contrast to the collapse that lives in the neighboring Spain.Updated Date: 20 September 2019, 02:01