The SDP chairman reacted this Sunday to the prime minister’s “small complaints” by saying that “those who do not forgive the trust he placed in the Socialist Party are the voters.”
Luis Montenegro, who spoke at the closing of the 6th PSD Local Authority Academy in Foz do Arelho (Caldas da Rainha), reacted to António Costa’s statements made on Saturday that the political opponents of the PS do not forgive the absolute majority won at the recent legislative elections, and “they will do anything to compromise that stability.”
Referring to the controversy surrounding several members of the government since the creation of the legislature, the PSD leader wondered what António Costa was complaining about, concluding that “he should complain about himself (…) about his incapacity, his incompetence, his lack of leadership, perhaps his fatigue be prime minister.”
“But if he is tired of being prime minister, that is his problem and Portugal’s problem,” he added, stressing that the PSD will continue to “condemn the mistakes and omissions” of the executive and demand that António Costa say whether you want to agree or not with about 200 proposals for changing the state budget submitted by your party?
Commenting on Saturday on António Costa’s statement “a little plaintively”, Montenegro accused the government of mistreating municipalities and presenting a state budget that is just “paper, ‘presentations’ and zero execution.” , concluding that CEO António Costa is not keeping his word.
“This government and this prime minister has a characteristic: this word is a dishonest word,” the social democratic leader accused, insisting that the executive branch made “a simulacrum of decentralization because, deep down, it does not want to share powers with municipalities or with inter-municipal communities.
In a speech marking the closure of the Sixth Academy of Local Government of the SDP, Montenegro stated that what happened “with the decentralization agreement” is what is happening for seven years with all state budgets”, which is nothing short of “ intentions that are not carried out.
“Why on earth are we going to believe that this time there will be [cumprido o orçamento]when the government of António Costa is the same, with ministers who are the same or worse,” he asked the question.
In front of an audience of more than a hundred Social Democratic mayors, Montenegro also found it “immoral” that the government does not respect local authorities “in such important things as [o pagamento] pandemic expenses.