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Medina polled BE and PCP for coalition. It took a deny, but the future depends on the success of Currencies – ZAP

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The Mayor of Lisbon, Fernando Medina, with the Prime Minister, António Costa

Fernando Medina wanted a pre-electoral coalition with Bloco de Esquerda and the PCP, but the parties did not accept it. However, the hypothesis could be back on the table of Carlos Moedas to start gaining ground in the polls.

This Monday, Público reveals that Fernando Medina, current mayor of Lisbon and PS candidate in municipalities, probed the Left Block and the PCP for a coalition on the left in the capital.

Both parties rejected the proposal, based on the argument that “there is no need” to join forces since the left has recovered most of the voting tendency in the capital, since António Costa was first elected in 2007. BE and the PCP forwarded agreements for the post-election period.

The talks took place before former European commissioner Carlos Moedas launched Lisbon in PSD, but the strategy does not seem to have changed. However, if the right-wing megacollection, headed by Coins, starts to gain strength and space in the polls, the possibility of a pre-electoral coalition on the left happens to be on the table.

Público reports that the decision has as deadline the month of June.

José Luís Carneiro, Deputy Secretary-General of the PS, said that the PS’s municipal management “has always been a project open to all who wanted to participate in it” and guaranteed that “this will continue to be the case, before and after the elections”.

Do Left Block, Jorge Costa said that BE candidates “will contribute to majorities that, excluding the right-wing parties, can assume fundamental commitments”.

Currently, Fernando Medina is the Mayor of Lisbon with the support of the Block. “The PS-Bloco agreement”, which has been in force since 2017, “has been fulfilled with positive results for the city”, said the blocker.

On the post-electoral future and possible agreements, Jorge Cordeiro, from PCP, said that, “in the context of the plural composition of Organs municipal bodies and the recognized position of the elected members of the PCP and CDU, Lisbon will always count, as it has counted, on its work, honesty and competence to ensure a management and the decisions that best serve those who live and work in the city ”.

Favorable to a pre-electoral coalition is the Delivered. “The Free Assembly approved the general orientation that the party should seek to promote coalitions with leftist forces and ecologists, in variable geometry, case by case,” explained Ricardo Sá Fernandes to Público.

“In relation to Lisbon, negotiations have not yet started and the solution will depend on them, but the availability of Livre is for the establishment of a pre-electoral coalition,” he added.

Liliana Malainho Liliana Malainho, ZAP //

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