Tiago Antunes accuses Rui Rio of using the Constitution as a “bartering currency” to please Chega

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The Assistant Secretary of State, Tiago Antunes

No Podcast Politics with Word of the PS, the deputy secretary of state to the prime minister, Tiago Antunes, accused Rui Rio of proposing the revision of the Constitution and the electoral system as a “currency of exchange” for the government of the Azores.

The Constitution appears as a bargaining chip of an agreement to come to power. I am worried that the Constitution will be sold in exchange for a regional government”, said the assistant secretary of state to the prime minister, Tiago Antunes, in the Podcast Politics with Word to PS.

As the revision of the Constitution and the reform of the justice “are in the reform of the PSD, everything indicates that it is the realization of a promise made to Enough. I think it’s frankly serious. Because the Constitution cannot be a bargaining tool between parties to reach power in the Azores”, he added.

According to Público, the government official also pointed out the fact that the social-democratic leader had not disclosed the articles of the proposals: “That made me uneasy. What is the hidden agenda of the PSD?”, he asked.

About the reforms, Tiago Antunes stressed that they are not the focus of the country at the moment. “The constitutional review or the reform of the electoral system are in 59th place in the priority of the Portuguese”, he referred.

The recovery of the economy, learning, strengthening the NHS, completing the vaccination process and combating lack of protection at work are the Government’s concerns.

Rui Rio proposed a “moderate” reform of the electoral system that involves a reduction of 15 deputies, a split from the largest constituencies and the creation of a national compensation circle.

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