Nuno Afonso revealed that Chega already has names for candidates for municipalities, some recruited from the PSD and CDS ranks. They will only be known after March 6, the date on which the party goes to vote to legitimize André Ventura.
The party’s first objective is to present candidacies to all 308 municipalities. Although he does not aim to win cameras, Nuno Afonso, vice president of Chega, says that the party has the ambition to double the PSD to make post-municipal agreements.
“There are a lot of dissatisfied people in the big parties, even in the PS. And our political spectrum is broad: more than right and left we are an anti-system party ”, said the leader to the Public, revealing that Chega is eyeing councilors, disaffected presidents or other mayors in the ranks of PSD and CDS – and that some have already “borne fruit”.
André Ventura will not be a candidate, but it will take some “behind your back”.
“We are going to bet on good candidates in the rural areas, where people know the candidates, and in the larger municipalities we are going to live as the party has lived until now: behind André Ventura and what he does in Parliament. It is impossible to dissociate André’s performance from the party. In urban areas, the vote we have will be thanks to André, not really the candidate, ”said Nuno Afonso to the daily.
The coalitions for October are set aside, but Chega does not rule out independents. “Té can be head of list,” said the vice president, safeguarding, however, that “in all 308 municipalities Chega’s name must be on the bulletin voting: independents can join our lists; we will not support an independent candidacy whether it be a person or movement ”.
About the PSD, Nuno Afonso said that Chega don’t need Rui Rio’s party “To go to elections, much less for municipalities and we will prove it in months”. The leader also said that the October elections will be a test for the legislatures, whose aim will be to investigate the implantation in the field and find new faces.
The party’s bet will be greater in the areas of the country where Ventura was better in the presidential elections in January: that is, in the interior strip from North to South and in the metropolitan area of Lisbon. Sintra, Loures, Amadora. On the opposite pole is Porto, which will be “much more difficult”.
“Rui Moreira will run again, Nuno Cardoso will go as an independent but will be worth 1 to 1.5% of the electorate (who could go to us and so he won’t); I don’t know what the strategy of IL and the Alliance should support Moreira ”, justified Nuno Afonso.
“Government should be our goal”
The outgoing president of Chega appealed, this Monday, to vote in the direct elections for the leadership of the party and outlined as an objective “rule Portugal“To effect the“ changes ”that the country“ effectively ”needs.
“We must set new goals and I am not afraid to tell you what they are: We must want the Government of Portugal”, said André Ventura.
The resigning president recalled in Alentejo that in the past two years Chega “Grew” and managed to “threaten the foundations” of the political system mounted between the PS and PSD.
“We managed in two years to become the third Portuguese political force, we managed to threaten the foundations, remove all other parties, the CDS, the Left Bloc, the PAN and threaten the foundations of the system set up between the Socialist Party and the PSD”, stated. “We should want more from now on, the Government must be our goal because we must want to make and be able to make the changes that Portugal really needs ”, he added.
Ventura, who considered that PS and PSD “will never” carry out the reforms that Chega advocates for the country, warned that the time has come for the party to set out to govern to “give voice to the silent majority”.
“For years we have ruled for a noisy minority, it is time to give voice to the silent majority, to the majority who kill themselves working from morning to night, to the majority who see their children leaving, to the majority who see Portugal getting poorer and lagging behind. Latvia and Estonia, to the majority that sees the governments increasingly corrupt and Portugal to fall in the corruption indexes, which sees distant prosecutors, police and judges, it is time to govern for these ”, he defended.
André Ventura recalled that Chega in the last two years managed to create “almost as many bases” as the largest parties, revealing that numbers of militants have already been assigned “over 26 thousandNot party.
During a speech lasting more than 40 minutes, Chega’s resigning president also announced that the party hopes to run for “all” city councils in the next municipal elections.
He also regretted that the political system is treading a path that goes through “trying to outlaw Chega”, considering that this situation transports Portugal to a “Venezuelization”.
The outgoing president of Chega on Wednesday handed over to the Bureau of the National Convention of the party his re-election as leader in direct elections, meanwhile scheduled for March 6, and climbed up to the goal of “governing Portugal”.