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“Displeased” with Caupers, PS accuses PSD of breaking agreement

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Mário Cruz / Lusa

According to the logic of rotation at the top of the Constitutional Court (TC) between socialists and social democrats, the PS would choose the new president. However, that was not the case and the party accused the PSD of breaking a “gentlemen’s agreement”.

According to Observer, before choosing the new president of the Constitutional Court (TC), who was elected by his peers, the PS reminded the PSD of the “gentlemen’s agreement” that is part of the tradition in the negotiation of judges for the institution.

According to the same newspaper, the PS wanted the chosen one to be José João Abrantes, the judge the party appointed last July to the TC. After Costa Andrade, the PSD’s close president, left, logic dictated that a president appointed by the socialists be chosen.

However, the Social Democratic leadership did not want to meddle in the matter and the one chosen by the other judges turned out to be the judge João Pedro Caupers.

According to the Observer, which cites sources close to the negotiation process, the choice left the PS “Displeased”, since the adviser judge entered the TC in March 2014, so his term of office ends in two years; and because, according to the rotation logic at the top of the institution, it would be the PS’s turn to have the president.

Before the election, the PS contacted the PSD leadership as a “reminder” of that practice to ensure a balanced composition of the TC. This balance results from the fact that the two largest parties understand each other about the names to indicate – five each – since the chosen ones require the approval of two thirds of the deputies.

The presidency of this sovereign body is running, with both parties agreeing that a judge close to each other serves half the time of the president’s full term, which is nine years.

“PSD broke the gentlemen’s agreement”, is accused in the dome of the PS.

Now, the PS is preparing to claim the presidency in the next negotiation which will take place before the summer to guarantee the PSD that the next president will be on his side, a method that Rui Rio will not like.

João Pedro Caupers was elected president earlier this month and has been under fire after old texts were recovered where he referred to “homosexuals” in 2010 as a “meaningless minority whose voice is unreasonably amplified by the media “saying” not willing, nor available, to be ‘tolerated’ by them. “

Maria Campos Maria Campos, ZAP //

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