Ventura says that Chega is not “cute right” and separates himself from PSD, CDS and IL


José Sena Goulão / Lusa

The only deputy of Chega, André Ventura

André Ventura said today that the party is not the “fluffy right” that Portugal was used to, demarcating itself from the CDS and Liberal Initiative which, he says, think they “will sing victory” in the local authorities because they are “wrapped” in coalitions with PSD .

“We we are not the fluffy right wing Portugal was used to having. We don’t say one thing on Friday, on Saturday another, and on Sunday another. We are not in bed with António Costa, nor are we in parliament pretending that we are in opposition. We are not the Liberal Initiative, neither the PSD nor the CDS”, he stated.

In his closing speech at the VII National Council of Chega, in Sagres, the president of the party suggested that now that a “solid and coherent” program has been approved, “it is no longer interesting to talk about Chega”, a party that, he said, they accused of live off “show off” and yes “scream” parliamentary.

“When we didn’t have, or we had what they thought was not a program, they spent hours on television: ‘they don’t have a programme, they don’t have a programme, they want to destroy health and education’. Now that it has it, it will be ball, zero, what will be said about the program because this is a program for the future of Portugal”, he declared.

Assuming that he wants to be the third most voted party in this year’s local elections, André Ventura promised to “completely” assume the results that Chega achieves on September 26, announcing that he will propose an extraordinary National Council to evaluate the results of the electoral act.

“I will fully assume responsibility for our results”, he said, stressing that in each district there are its “battle generals”, with whom it will go “to war”, but the “result that comes, if bad, will always be the responsibility of its president”.

Addressing the opponents on the right, who, “ashamed of the result they will have in the local elections, are lying with the PSD on all lists in the country”, André Ventura said he does not know if he will claim victory, but if he does, it will be for the exclusive work of your party.

“And that’s why he wants to CDS want to Liberal Initiative wants everyone who thinks it’s because they’re wrapped up in the PSD who are going to sing victory on election night, there is one thing I guarantee you: I don’t know if we are going to sing victory or not, but what I do know is that the votes we get will be ours, our work and will not be from fictitious coalitions”, stressed.

During the second day of work, the National Council of Chega, which kicked off on Friday in Sagres, Algarve, voted on proposals to add and replace or change the original wording of articles contained in the new program, today approved in general.

The new program contains fewer concrete proposals and leaves out some ideas, such as the reference to a “profound revision of the Constitution”, and the measures it wanted to implement in this area, such as the presidentialization of the regime or the reduction in the number of deputies and ministries .

The text approved today also does not contain references to a fourth Republic and the direct proposal for a reform of the system, which were part of the program in force since the founding of the party.

The VII National Council of Chega ended today, in Sagres, Algarve, with the participation of a hundred councilors.

The debate and approval of the Chega program, which divided the party, were scheduled for the Coimbra national congress, from May 28th to 30th, but were postponed until the first meeting of the national council.