The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, today affirmed that it is a "historical fact" that his predecessor Cavaco Silva appointed the four members of the Government with family relations.
"It is already the third time we talk about it, it is a fact that President Cavaco appointed the four members of the Government who have family relations in November [de 2015]"Said Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, in statements to RTP, in Almada, Setúbal district.
The President of the Republic defended that "it is a fact" that made the nominations.
"He named himself thinking, well, that they were competent and no one asked him or questioned him at the time, as he had not questioned him to this day. It is a historical fact, named, named, "he stressed.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said that all had "seat in Council of Ministers" and continue to have, stressing that "the essence has not changed."
Former President Cavaco Silva said today that "there is no possible comparison" between the Government he took office in 2015 and the current executive in relation to family relations.
"In fact, I do not remember having complete knowledge – it was many years ago – between family relations within the Government, but from what I read, there is no possible comparison with the Government I took office in 2015. And, according to I read also in the media, it seems that there is no comparison in any other developed democratic country, "Cavaco Silva said when asked about the issue of family relations in government.
The former head of state began by saying that he did not want to take a public stand on the current political situation, but in response to the insistence of journalists on the case of family relations in the Government he ended up responding, noting the lack of knowledge he had about the situation.
"In the last few days I learned a lot about family relations between members of the Government and I confess that I was quite ignorant about almost everything that was revealed, but I understand that I should not make any comments because everything has already been said or almost everything and I would not add nothing new, "he said.
Cavaco Silva later said that "out of curiosity" was to verify the composition of the three governments in which he was prime minister and did not detect any family connection there.
Faced with the fact that he has given ownership to the current government, headed by António Costa, the former head of state stressed that he believes that the choice of executive members is the responsibility of the prime minister.
In addition, he added, the current composition of the Government is no longer the same.
On Thursday, when urged to comment on criticism of family relations within the Government, the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, said that he only accepted the designation made by Cavaco Silva, "which was to appoint four members of the Government with family relations, all with seat in the Council of Ministers ".
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa also said that he accepted this solution "assuming that his predecessor, in naming those rulers, had pondered the quality of the careers and the merit to perform the functions."
"After that, I did not appoint any other family member to serve in the executive and sit on the Council of Ministers," he said.