Montenegro says government must scrap “Mais Habitação” program and start from scratch


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The president of the PSD said today that the government should scrap the “Mais Habitação” program and start from scratch to define a housing program for Portugal, with the participation of his party.

For Luís Montenegro, the government made a mistake and “either does what is required of anyone who wants to govern in favor of the people, [which is] start from scratch, literally tear up what it has done so far and start from scratch a housing program for Portugal” for the next 20 years, or “commits a crime”.

“The government made a mistake. António Costa has to be humble and tell the country: ‘I made a mistake, I’m sorry. I’m here to start from scratch’. If António Costa has this humility, I, as leader of the opposition, also have the humility to stand alongside the government, in favor of the Portuguese,” the PSD leader told journalists, in his first reaction after the diploma containing the main measures on housing was vetoed by the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

For Luís Montenegro, faced with the veto, the PS “will either maintain its stubbornness and confirm in parliament the purpose of these diplomas and perhaps give the country, as the President of the Republic says, something that will not be implemented and will never achieve its objectives” or “do what is required of anyone who wants to govern in favor of the people, [which is] to start from scratch.”

“Literally tear up what you’ve done so far and start a new housing program from scratch, to increase access to housing for young people, for couples with fewer resources and even for the middle class. And you can count on the PSD for that,” he said.

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