The PSD’s rights have already passed and, as the president of the party said after seeing his election confirmed, this chapter was closed. It is now a question of facing, with confidence, the challenge of the legislative advantages of January 30th. About last weekend’s vote I will only say that Rui Rio achieved a clear victory, under difficult circumstances, confirming himself as a leader who inspires confidence in the majority of the party’s militants, but also that Paulo Rangel is inferior, due to the result achieved, that it is a very important asset of the PSD.
A little over two months away from the advantages, the country followed this internal dispute with interest, and will have been convinced that the man who will lead the party in the legislatives has all the conditions to be the next prime minister of Portugal.
In the media, the following day these direct, not only with regard to the process of constitution of the lists, but of the electoral program itself.
Regarding the first aspect, the constitution of lists, especially in a power party, is always a complex exercise. However, I believe that everyone’s focus, at this point, is already directed towards what matters most to us. In other words: the fight for victory in the January election. There is a time for everything in politics, and this is the time to join forces for the common goal.
With regard to the electoral program, there is no other party in Portugal that thinks about the country’s future in such a systematic and distributed way. Because no other party has a body like the National Strategic Council (CEN) of the PSD, which brings together experience and knowledge, from within and outside the sphere of social democracy, in the most diverse areas.
CEN is, perhaps, a more innovative initiative in terms of the organization of political parties in Portugal since the 25th of April. And since the last election, it has been working continuously, in a process involving all people, physically and remotely, to present the best proposals in the next legislatives.
In my specific case, I am responsible, at CEN, for coordinating Higher Education, Science, Innovation, Digital Society and Artificial Intelligence and the Cultural and Creative sectors. Key areas for two of the biggest challenges facing Portugal: economic growth and social mobility.
As for the main lines of action of a future executive led by the PSD, Rui Rio has already listed them in his victory speech: governance with more rigor, less ease; more wealth, less debt; reform and confront installed players; to give security to the Portuguese in Health; less taxes, better public services; a more decentralized country.
It is these principles and ideas that we will submit to the scrutiny of the Portuguese. Proposals that aim to respond to chronic problems that have dragged on for decades. But also adapting the country to a world that has changed a lot in the two years.
It changed because of covid-19, and the challenges and challenges associated with it. Changed due to climate goals. And it has also changed because we have clearly entered a new cycle of innovation, which requires responsiveness at various levels. In creating favorable conditions for this same innovation, from justice to taxation. Investing in knowledge, from scientific research to strengthening the population’s qualifications. Not digital. In the modernization of the industry.
The PSD will have a good electoral program to take to the January legislatures. And it will certainly not be a program thinking about possible post-update understandings, but a program to govern Portugal. A program to improve Portugal. So the Portuguese wish.