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It fails to consecutively propose laws. Party speaks of “persecution”

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Since André Ventura is a deputy, only two Chega proposals have passed the law. In addition, seven party initiatives were found to be unconstitutional.

If, on the one hand, Chega has gained strength in the polls since the last legislative elections, in which it managed to elect a deputy, on the other hand, the party has added consecutive defeats with regard to propose laws and enforce government rules.

Since André Ventura a deputy has already presented 120 initiatives, of which 83 were draft resolutions, 28 were draft laws, five were review projects, three were parliamentary inquiries and one was a draft of the Assembly of the Republic’s charter.

So far, writes the newspaper Público this Monday, only two proposals do Chega passed the law: the one that recommends the Government to establish September 25 as the national day of sustainability and the one that changed (along with proposals from other parties) the rules of operation of the Assembly of the Republic.

At issue may be difficulty in gathering support from other parties. Misaligned with the left and more to the right than the rest of the right, Chega is “isolated” from the rest of Parliament.

There is yet another peculiarity. Since André Ventura came to Parliament, seven initiatives were considered unconstitutional. Recent examples of this are the amendment to the nationality law and the creation of an accessory penalty of chemical castration for violators.

The only one that advanced, although it was later declared unconstitutional, was the constitutional revision project, in which Chega proposes, among other measures, the term of life imprisonment.

The Enough also lost actions that brought in court to prevent the Government from restricting movement between municipalities and limiting restaurant hours.

“Chega does not yet have a contradiction between the party of Parliament and the party of society”, argues António Costa Pinto, professor of Political Science at the Institute of Social Sciences, heard by Público. “As Chega is a protest party, it doesn’t earn much or lose much by presenting in Parliament, even if with rejection, proposals that it presents in society ”.

In turn, Chega has a different justification for the unconstitutionalities diagnosed to the party’s initiatives.

“The only explanation is the persecution that exists in Parliament to Chega’s projects and which aims, solely and exclusively, to prevent the discussion of several projects under the pretext of their unconstitutionality when, in fact, only the Constitutional Court has legal powers to do so ”, says the party’s official source.

Daniel Costa Daniel Costa, ZAP //

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