Rio accuses Cabrita of “lying to the Portuguese and in Parliament” about Sporting’s festivities

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Rui Rio accused the minister of Internal Administration of “lying to the Portuguese and lying in Parliament” and justified the reason that led the PSD to resort to the figure of potestativa hearing, which parties are entitled to use by law to hear Government members and entities public services.

The president of the PSD, Rui Rio, this Friday accused the minister of Internal Administration of “lie to the Portuguese and lie in parliament“, claiming that the PSP report shows that Eduardo Cabrita authorized the celebrations at the end of the football championship.

“The PSD understands that in view of what Minister Eduardo Cabrita regarding Sporting’s festivities in which he shakes his own responsibility, then comes a report that shows that he authorized the festivities at the end of the national championship in the exact terms in which they took place, therefore, he is obviously responsible for what happened,” he pointed out.

And he added that, “from then on, he [ministro] runs away to give any explanation” and, in this sense, “the PSD proposed that he go to the parliamentary committee to clarify this situation and its own responsibility because, above all, it lied to the Portuguese and lied to Parliament”.

Rui Rio explained to journalists, in Tábua, on the sidelines of the ceremony to present the candidate to the local chamber, in the district of Coimbra, why the party he presides over had resorted to “a regimental figure that obliges the minister to go to the commission” since “the PS blocked through its vote” the presence of Eduardo Cabrita.

“What I expect, and will surely happen when he goes there, is a clarification of the circumstances, because given what comes out in the PSP report, the minister will have to give his justifications. You can say that what is in the report is a lie, I don’t know, but this must naturally be clarified in the parliamentary seat”, he justified.

Regarding the mayor of Lisbon, Fernando Medina, the PSD leader acknowledged “that it’s different, if you want to go go, but if you don’t want to go, the Assembly of the Republic does not have power over a mayor as it does over a member of the Government”.

“It’s about explaining to the Portuguese their responsibility and answering to the deputies. Now, the regulations of the Assembly and national laws allow Dr. Fernando Medina to escape to give these clarifications if he understands that he must flee, as for a member of the Government, the regiment foresees the potestative appointment and he, in the limit, cannot escape”, he concluded.

While speaking at the Pavilhão Multiusos de Tábua square, Rio highlighted the “importance of these elections, because they could show the Portuguese government’s displeasure” and, with that, criticized the PS’s “management of public money”.

There is no shortage of money for large companies. There is no lack of money for TAP, for Novo Banco, nor is there a lack of fiscal facilities for EDP, for these there is no lack of money. Small and medium-sized companies lack money”, he said.

Then, he explained the case of Novo Banco and recalled that “it was the lawyer of the former president of Benfica Luís Filipe Vieira who came to say that he has assets in Brazil worth 90 million euros and Novo Banco did not even bother to execute this assets on account of the debt it had and made the Portuguese pay with their taxes to pay the debt in its entirety”.

“The Government doesn’t say anything, because the damage is done, it’s paid, we all paid and for that there was no lack of money. This is how the Government manages Portuguese money with ease and irresponsibility”, accuses Rui Rio, who also speaks of “clientelism” when he criticizes the choice of “a close person” for the administration of Banco de Fomento.

In his view, António Costa’s government “should have appointed someone with a recognized track record” to manage the existing money to support companies, “instead of choosing someone who is linked as administrator to the worst period in the history of Caixa Geral de Depósitos , BCP and the new Bank, but which is close to it”.