“There cannot be elections every year” and it is “preferable that the Government governs and governs better and better”, said Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa on his departure from Lisbon to Brazil, where he will attend the inauguration of the Brazilian President, Lula da Silva.
The Head of State said he doubted that a solution resulting from new elections would be more stable than the current absolute majority of the PS, which won the legislative elections on January 30, qualifying the dissolution of parliament as an “atomic weapon of last resort”.
The scenario of early elections was set by right-wing parties, first the CDS-PP and later by Chega.
Regarding the inauguration of new members of the Government, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said he hoped that in early 2023 the “government solution” proposed by the Prime Minister would be presented to him.
“The people voted 8 months ago, they haven't voted much longer, we are in a war and economic and financial crisis. Thirdly, it is not clear that there would be an immediate and strong alternative to what exists”, maintained Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
For the Head of State, “the country needs to take more advantages” than inconveniences from the dissolution of parliament, stressing that “experimentalism is not the best thing for democracies”.
“We had elections not even a year ago, we can't have elections every year, we can't, every time there are ministerial reshuffles or team replacements, even if due to problems that are perhaps more sensitive to a part of public opinion or public opinion in general, to be resorting to dissolution”, he defended.
Chefe do Estado disse duvidar que uma solução saída de novas eleições fosse mais estável do que a atual maioria absoluta do PS https://t.co/bOXJpgGxRN— CNN Portugal (@cnnportugal) December 30, 2022