Social Democratic Party (PSD) chairman Rui Rio said on Tuesday he was "convinced" that "there will be a left majority" in the next legislature. In a statement leaving the Belém Palace, Rui Rio expressed the wish to make occasional agreements with the PS for "structural reforms" and declined to comment on internal criticism.
“There will be majority left. It is evident that the PS wishes to build this stability with BE and PCP if possible, or only with BE if it is not possible with PCP. That's what I was convinced of and what I see in the news, ”said Rui Rio, outside the Belém Palace, where the PSD delegation met with President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
Rui Rio also stated that he hopes that the agreements that the PS can reach with the left parties will not stop the structural reforms that the PSD hopes to negotiate, such as decentralization and the reforms proposed in the social democratic electoral program for the system. justice and political system, as well as social security.
“These are bottlenecks to the country's development that exist. We should have made adjustments because society is changing. When we do not make adjustments, we enlist and strangle more and then there has to be a fundamental reform, ”said Rui Rio.“ I hope that the agreement that will be signed does not make unfeasible understandings that may exist in the future about these structural matters ”.
The leader of the PSD also declined to comment on internal criticism directed at him after the election results on Sunday, saying that he did not speak with the president of the Republic.
The PSD delegation to Belém met with Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa for just over half an hour to comment on election results and the challenges of the next legislature. Accompanying Rui Rio were the party vice presidents Isabel Meirelles and Nuno Morais Sarmento, as well as the Social Democratic parliamentary leader Fernando Negrão and the PSD secretary-general José Silvano.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa was listening this Tuesday listening to the ten parties that will compose the Assembly of the Republic in the next legislature, in increasing order of parliamentary representation. In the morning, he listened to Livre, Liberal Initiative, Enough, PAN and ENP, and in the afternoon, CDS-PP, BE and PSD. Next is the PS hearing.
It is expected that Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will nominate later this Tuesday António Costa as prime minister, under article 187 of the Constitution of the Portuguese Republic.