After learning that the vice president of the PSD, Salvador Malheiro, had met with the independent mayor of Porto, Rui Moreira, to propose a coalition in the local elections, contradictory versions of what really happened began to emerge.
According to the weekly Express, Salvador Malheiro, vice president of PSD, now says that it is “completely false” that the PSD invited Rui Moreira to re-apply to the Porto Chamber on the party lists.
Despite confirming that he had dinner last Thursday with the independent mayor of the Porto City Council, Malheiro guarantees that the proposal for a possible candidacy in coalition with the PSD “Left Rui Moreira”.
According to the PSD vice president’s version, the independent “proposed that, if the PSD did not present a list, it was willing to integrate some PSD members on your lists ”.
However, according to Malheiro, the alleged proposal was “Immediately refuted” because it is considered unacceptable.
The mayor of the Municipality of Ovar said, in statements to the weekly, that there have already been several meetings with Rui Moreira, but that at no time was he given “any formal invitation from the PSD”.
Salvador Malheiro’s version is different from Francisco Ramos, former leader of the PSD / Porto Council, who regrets that the “meeting marked as confidential” has been made public.
According to the president of the Civic Association “Porto, O Nosso Movimento”, the proposal put to Rui Moreira was “whether he would accept to be the candidate for a party coalition center-right ”, remaining “as independent”.
According to Francisco Ramos, the proposal was quickly rejected by the independent mayor, who guaranteed that, to re-apply, it will be on the lists of the independent movement.
To the Express, the former social democratic activist added that Rui Moreira “showed openness, as always ”to be supported by“ democratic parties ”, like the PSD, and as it happened in the previous elections with the CDS and Partido da Terra.
“This proposal however, it was not accepted by the PSD, having its leaders claimed that the PSD cannot give up having votes in Porto“, continued.
Negrão pointed to Setúbal
The impasse in Lisbon and Porto remains at the heart of the party led by Rui Rio, which has already referred to March a decision on candidates for the country’s largest autarchies.
In Porto, it seems certain that PSD will not support Rui Moreira and will submit its own application, which will no longer be Paulo Rangel, the great social-democratic asset that has already assumed itself unavailable to municipal lists. In Lisbon, there is talk of Carlos Moedas, former European Commissioner, who will also not be available.
According to jornal i, with the departure of the current mayor, elected by CDU, Maria das Dores Meira from the Setúbal Chamber, one of the names being evaluated in the PSD is that of the vice-president of Parliament, Fernando Negrão.
The Social Democrats, who had 98 chambers in 2017, are still betting on some district capitals, such as Viana do Castelo, Leiria, Portalegre and Castelo Branco. In these counties, several hypotheses are being considered, namely names of independents, but there is nothing closed about candidacies.
In the PSD, there is also talk of Pedro Santana Lopes, founder and ex-militant of Aliança, who has already been appointed to several municipalities in an autonomous candidacy.
Maria Campos, ZAP //