The PSD parliamentary leader, Fernando Negrao, on Monday signed the speech of the President of the Republic at the June 10 celebrations in Portalegre, arguing that politicians should be more "daring" in defending the interests of the Portuguese.
"I see these words of the President of the Republic as a speech to mobilize the Portuguese, to call the Portuguese to the life of a citizen and to political life, to call the Portuguese to the construction of Portugal," he said.
The PSD parliamentary leader, who spoke to journalists in Portalegre after the end of the military parade included in the celebrations of the Day of Portugal, also saw in the speech of Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa "a note" to the politicians so that they are "daring" in the defense interests of the country.
"And, of course, in the words of the President, there is also a note saying that those who are responsible, especially politicians, have responsibilities that they should not exercise with such limitation, they must go further, be bolder, defense of the interests of Portugal and the Portuguese, "he added.
Asked about the role of politicians in relation to the Interior of the country, a theme that also marked the speech of Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, Fernando Negrao considered it a "central problem" of Portuguese political life.
"This is a central problem of Portuguese politics in recent years. What has happened in the Interior of the country is the reflection that the Interior of the country has been abandoned. We have made efforts to create policies for the Interior of the country, to ask for more attention to the Interior of the country, "he recalled.
For Fernando Negrao, "the presence of the President of the Republic in Portalegre" was enough to give "this sign of concern" in relation to the Interior. "We need to create policies for the Interior, we need more concern about the Interior and we need to end this gap, this gap between the Coast and the Interior. It is not easy, but we need to be all mobilized in this direction, and that was once again what the President of the Republic wanted to say, "he said.
Fernando Negrão also considered that Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa wanted, during his time in Portalegre, to "cut" the "pessimism" with which people live in the interior regions, namely in that region of Alentejo, stressing that June 10 "is not only today "that must be lived and marked.
"The President of the Republic was what I really meant [acabar com o pessimismo das pessoas que residem no interior], I wanted to cut this pessimism, and say it's not just today, I'm constantly in the Interior, I, President of the Republic. And we know it's like this, it has to be like this, politicians have to follow this example, "he said.
In this sense, the parliamentary leader of the PSD stated that he subscribes to the intervention of Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa on the Day of Portugal. "We fully endorse the President's words, because this is an idea of the president from the beginning of his term, this is an idea of the PSD of always, with respect to the interior," he said.