The position of BE’s parliamentary leader in the Regional Assembly comes after the national leader of Chega, André Ventura, today asking Chega / Azores to withdraw its support from the Regional Government.
“Deputy André Ventura’s statements demonstrate the vision and way in which Chega and he himself face autonomy, because they see it as a system that can be commanded from Lisbon,” António Lima told the Lusa agency .
For the blocist, a party that “sees autonomy, a conquest of democracy, in this way” does not interest either the Azores or the country.
“The boss decides, sends the subordinates of the islands and they do what the boss wants. This demonstrates that Chega doesn’t serve the Azores. It’s not a party that interests, in any way, the Azoreans”, special ones.
The National Directorate of Chega asked Chega Açores today to withdraw its support for the regional government, ending the agreement of parliamentary incidence, announced the leader of the party, André Ventura, in parliament.
In a press conference, André Ventura justified the withdrawal of support for the Azorean government with the stance repeatedly expressed by the PSD leader, Rui Rio, of rejecting post-electoral agreements with Chega.
Also today, the only deputy of Chega in the Azores Assembly, José Pacheco, said that he is still at “loss” with the Regional Government (PSD / CDS-PP / PPM) emphasizing that it is his “last word” on support for the executive.
“The last word will be mine. We are in talks. Until Friday, we will mature all this. Satisfied [com o Governo Regional], I don’t walk”, son José Pacheco told the Lusa agency.
The Legislative Assembly of the Azores is composed of 57 deputies, of which, in the current legislature, 25 are from the PS, 21 from the PSD, three from the CDS-PP, two from the PPM, two from the BE, one from the Liberal Initiative, one from the PAN, one from Chega and one independent deputy (elected by Chega).
In the archipelago, PSD, CDS-PP and PPM, which together represent 26 deputies, signed a governance agreement.
The coalition also signed a parliamentary advocacy agreement with Chega and the PSD a parliamentary advocacy agreement with IL.
Independent deputy Carlos Furtado, elected by Chega but who, in July, lost the political confidence of the party’s national leadership, maintained his support for the Government of the Azores.
If the only deputy of Chega, José Pacheco, no longer supports the executive, it will have the support of 28 deputies, insufficient to guarantee an absolute majority in the hemicycle (29).
In addition, the Liberal Initiative’s sole deputy, Nuno Barata, revealed on November 5 that his vote is not closed, even after the Regional Government has reduced the level of indebtedness foreseen in the Budget and Plan for 2022, as had demanded the parliamentarian.
The Regional Legislative Assembly of the Azores begins on Monday the debate on the Government’s Plan and Budget for 2022.