"Remodeling was positive for the Government" – The Economic Journal

"Remodeling was positive for the Government" - The Economic Journal

The government reshuffle announced today, October 14, "is positive" for António Costa's executive, according to political commentator Luís Marques Mendes.

In his usual commentary on SIC, Luís Marques Mendes said for minutes that the government was "more cohesive", "more political" and "more partisan".

"I think he has a more effective team," said the commentator.

Luís Marques Mendes also said that the new Defense Minister, João Gomes Cravinho, was a "great choice", but warned that "he has already to begin a test" regarding the reinstatement or not of the current Chief of Staff of the Army, has been "more fragile" with the departure of Azeredo Lopes from the position of Defense Minister following the theft of military equipment from the storerooms of Tancos.

On the appointment of Pedro Siza Vieira to the new minister of Economy, Luís Marques Mendes defended that "for a year he was the true Minister of Economy." "Now it also happens to be," he said.

"This remodeling had a moral author, who was Azeredo Lopes, and a material author, who was António Costa," said Marques Mendes.

The commentator added that with this remodeling, the prime minister generated a surprise, created a new political fact and turned the attention of the case of Tancos.

Regarding the Army Chief of Staff, Luís Marques Mendes said that "he should take advantage of the appointment of the next Defense Minister to make the post available."

As for António Costa, the commentator admitted that "he has a lot of political ability", but in relation to the case of Tancos "it had a relatively disastrous behavior", because "it did not demonstrate great capacity of decision, it did not demonstrate a great sense of State and it was not much prudent".

"This is not good for the prime minister. In the two major problems that over the three years of government, António Costa has been in the wake of events, or under pressure from the President of the Republic [no caso da demissão da anterior ministra da Administração Interna, Constança Urbano de Sousa, na sequência dos incêndios que ocorreram faz amanhã, dia 15 de outubro, um ano] or by pressure from public opinion, "noted Luís Marques Mendes.

The analyst also understands that António Costa "has the defect of playing with serious things".

The commentator also defended that the appointment of a Socialist deputy to ERSE, the regulatory body given the energy sector "is a scandal." "A deputy is not independent," warned Marques Mendes.

The former PSD leader hopes that Matos Fernandes, the environment minister who will now manage the Energy Transition portfolio "reverse this situation" and "put order in the house."

Regarding the proposed State Budget for 2019, Luís Marques Mendes considers that "it is highly popular, with pensions, Public Service, subsidies for the interior of the country and social passes." "It is highly electoral," he concluded.

Regarding social passes, Luís Marques Mendes revealed that the new model will start in Lisbon and Porto from April 1, 2019.

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