Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa shared his opinions in his traditional New Year message.

In his seventh New Year's message, broadcast live from the Sala das Bicas of the Palácio de Belém, in Lisbon, the head of state alluded to the resignation of the Prime Minister on November 7th.

For Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, “2023 ended with more and more difficult challenges than those it had started with”.

“But democracy is never afraid to give the people their say and in this it distinguishes itself from dictatorship. Portugual, 2024 will largely be whatever voters, in democracy, want. In Portugal, in March; in Europe, in June; in the largest power in the world, in November; and before that, in February, in the Azores. A year, after all, even more decisive than the year 2023”, warned the head of state.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa pointed out that everyone wishes this year could be different from 2020 and 2021, with the pandemic, and 2022 and 2023 with the wars.