The president of Chega today accused PSD counterpart Rui Rio of being a mere “standard bearer” of the prime minister, António Costa, and the PS, instead of being the leader of the largest opposition party.
Speaking to the Lusa agency, André Ventura responded to the interview given to TVI on Monday by the social-democratic leader, who attributed him with a “boasting” speech, classified his political strength as a “dissatisfaction federation” and a one-man party. , without qualified cadres.
“Rui Rio yesterday accused Chega and myself of ‘boasting’, regarding the future scenario of the right in Portugal. In my view, ‘boasting’ is forgetting to oppose and assuming yourself as leader of the main opposition party, ‘boasting’ is speaking in moderation, but being no more than a flagship of the Prime Minister, António Costa. Rio is currently the PS standard-bearer ”, he argued.
For the leader of the parliamentary far-right party, “as long as it is, there is no way to do it on the right.” “If Rio wants a central bloc government with the PS, go for it, but don’t count on Chega”, he added.
“As for the federation of disaffected people, Rio may have some reason, but they are essentially disaffected by the PSD, who stopped believing in a party that should be responsible opposition, they are essentially disaffected by Rio’s work”, said the only deputy of the Enough.
Second Ventura, “The PSD leader should meditate in his own words: what brought the PSD to this state in the polls? How did it get to the point of abandoning the right-wing and anti-system electorate? ”He asked.
On Monday, the Social-Democratic President, questioned about a theoretical future agreement with the extreme right-wing parliamentary party, similar to the broader right-wing understanding that made the new Azorean Regional Government possible in October, again excluded “an agreement with Arrives in terms of what Arrives at this moment is ”.
“If you make a path, an evolution of moderation, we will see, we can eventually talk ”, he added, stressing that“ the PSD will under no circumstances admit or accept that they make demands to vote their Government on matters that conflict with its principles ”, but it may give in to“ priorities ”.
Today, the national-populist leader has assumed that, “like the PSD”, Chega “also admits a possible agreement for a future Government, as long as the Chega flags are taken care of and it is an anti-system government ”.
Ventura did not specify whether these “flags” are, for example, the controversial chemical castration of pedophiles or the reintroduction of life imprisonment.