The PSD party's outstanding victory for the European elections in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, with more than 11 percentage points ahead of the PS and achieving almost ten more votes than in 2015, when the Social Democrats applied in conjunction with the CDS-PP, was recognized by one of the very rare defeats of Sunday night among socialist hosts. The mayor of Funchal, Paulo Cafôfo, who intends to end the dominion of the PSD in the Regional Government of Madeira, appealed to social networks to salute the performance of the list adversary, who reelected Madeiran Cláudia Monteiro de Aguiar to the European Parliament, where will start to count on the company of the new socialista bet Sara Cerdas.
"Congratulations to all those who voted, regardless of the party, and who have taken the option for democracy. I regret the high abstention, the real winner of the elections. I greet the candidate of the PSD-M for the vote obtained in these elections, "wrote Cafôfo, noting that once the European cycle is over, the road to the regional ones, scheduled for September 22, is on the way. "Our focus is on making history, but more than that, making a difference in the lives of Madeira and Porto Santo. With hard work, humility, hard work, courage and total determination. The will to change is unstoppable. Let's go to this! "Wrote the mayor of Flanders.
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I am extremely proud of the election of Sara Cerdas to the European Parliament. A great candidate who will be an excellent MEP, who will defend Madeira and represent all Madeira and Porto Santo. A PS-M winning bet on bringing new citizens to politics, a bet that honors us in the choice of a young woman, a new generation qualified and very well prepared. Congratulations to all those who voted, regardless of the party, and who have taken the option for democracy. I regret the high abstention, the real winner of the elections. I salute the candidate of the PSD-M for the vote obtained in these elections. Today the European ones are over and tomorrow we start the regional ones. Our focus is on making history, but more than that, making a difference in the lives of Madeira and Porto Santo. With hard work, humility, hard work, courage and total determination. The will to change is unstoppable. Let's do this!
Certainly, the results of Europeans were far from being the best kick-off for the ambitions of Cafôfo, and on the contrary encouraging for the current president of the Regional Government (and his predecessor in the Chamber of Funchal), Miguel Albuquerque. Above the national average of 21.94%, the PSD obtained 37.15% in Madeira, with 36,928 votes, while the PS stood at 25.81%, with 25,657 votes (still 3.2% more than in 2015). Another bad news had to do with the positive result of the CDS-PP, which was the third Madeiran political force in Europe, with 8.08% and 8,033 votes, up from 5.29% in the Left Block, 3.70% of the PAN and 2.97% of the CDU, the latter being potential partners of a possible new majority in the Regional Assembly led by the Socialists.
The Social Democrat in the autonomous region in the European elections only escaped the municipalities of Machico and Porto Moniz, with the PSD supplanting the PS among the voters of Funchal, autarquia conquered by Cafôfo since 2013, by slightly more than the proverbial little bit. The list that elected Cláudia Monteiro de Aguiar obtained 33.72% and 14,635 votes, having a further 6.39 percentage points and 2,774 voters than the list that included Sara Cerdas.
The 30-year-old former swimming athlete was a personal choice of Paulo Cafôfo, who worked hard on the electoral campaign and described it after being known as "a great candidate who will be a great candidate." This support led to the removal of Liliana Rodrigues, another "low" in a broad spectrum renovation of the PS delegation in Strasbourg that also led to the departure of Francisco Assis, Ana Gomes, Maria João Rodrigues, Ricardo Serrão Santos and Manuel dos Santos.
In the regional elections of 2014, the PSD-Madeira obtained an absolute majority, with 24 members and 44.35% of the votes, with CDS-PP being the second political force, with seven terms and 13.71%. The PS had a poor result, reaching only 11.43% (and six mandates) despite being linked to the PTP, PAN and MPT, just above the Juntos Por Povo (JPP), with 10.28% and five deputies.