Costa guarantees that between Government and President “there are never any arms of iron”


Mario Cruz / Lusa

The Prime Minister, António Costa

The prime minister refused this Saturday that there is a conflict or an arm wrestling between the Government and the President of the Republic, admitting only “divergences” between the parliament and its executive on the competences of each.

This position was transmitted by António Costa in statements to journalists, in Luanda, on the sidelines of the Summit of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP), after questioning the possibility of the Government appealing to the Constitutional Court after Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa had promulgated two diplomas on teachers.

One of the parliamentary diplomas obliges the Government to open a competition for the extraordinary binding of teachers in specialized artistic education schools and the other obliges the socialist minority executive to negotiate the revision of the recruitment and mobility regime for teaching staff in primary and secondary education. .

Asked if there is an iron fist between the Government and the President of the Republic, António Costa rejected this thesis.

“First of all, between the Government and the President of the Republic there is never an iron fist. There is a normal institutional relationship“, answered.

The prime minister then sought to alert “to a confusion that should never exist” in public opinion and that he said “to take the opportunity to signal this very thing.”

“When there is a divergence between the Government and the Assembly of the Republic about the respective competences, the conflict is never with the President of the Republic. At most, this conflict would be between the Government and the Assembly of the Republic. But even so, it would not be drama, because it is the normal functioning of institutions”, he argued.

António Costa later referred that his executive “respects the Assembly of the Republic and the Assembly of the Republic respects the Government”.

“Above all, everyone we have to respect the constitution. When there are doubts about constitutionality [de diplomas], as we are a rule of law, there is a specific entity that must pronounce itself and determine the constitutional judgment, which is the Constitutional Court”, he added.

A fhigh tune between Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and António Costa in the assessment and fight against the pandemic was evident in the months of June and July.

But most Portuguese do not attach too much importance to differences. According to an Aximage survey for DN, JN and TSF, many more people rate the relationship between President and Prime Minister as good or very good (52%) than those who consider it bad or very bad ( 8%).