PSD/Madeira leader says Socialist government has “fallen apart”


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The leader of the PSD/Madeira and president of the PSD/CDS-PP coalition regional executive, Miguel Albuquerque, said today that the government of the Republic has “fallen apart” and called for the mobilization of social-democratic militants in the early elections on March 10.

“Once again we are going to be called upon to elect our representatives and the only representatives of Madeira who can defend Madeira before the Republic, before the Portuguese State, are our own,” he said, and then added: “Have no doubt that only our deputies will put the defense of Madeirans first.”

Miguel Albuquerque was speaking at the Christmas dinner of the PSD’s regional structure, which took place at the Madeira Tecnopolo facilities in Funchal, with around 1,200 attendees, according to the organization.

“We all know that this absolute majority government of the Socialist Party has collapsed. It’s fallen apart, because they don’t know how to govern this country and they don’t have the competence to govern,” he said.

The Madeiran Social Democrat leader called on militants to mobilize for the early elections, indicating that the list of candidates for the Assembly of the Republic in coalition with the CDS-PP will be decided next week.

“We’re going to make an effort right after the kings, after the hangover, heal those glasses, and from the 16th [of January], we’ll start campaigning to win the elections,” he said.

The Madeira constituency elects six deputies to the Assembly of the Republic, and currently the regional representation is made up of three Social Democrats and three Socialists.

“We have to elect our men and women on March 10, because only they have the objective conditions, the competence, the strength and the courage to defend Madeira in all circumstances,” said Miguel Albuquerque.

The PSD/Madeira leader also criticized the regional PS, considering that “the socialist recipe is always the same: to bow down to Lisbon, to squat before Lisbon and obey the party leaderships there”.

“We are not second-class Portuguese, we are first-class Portuguese and we demand to be treated equally by the Portuguese state,” he said.

For Miguel Albuquerque, the choice in the early national elections on March 10 is “very clear” and consists of electing PSD MPs or a “bunch of submissives”, who, he said, “under no circumstances defend the interests of our land, our freedoms and our rights”.

Moti Shabi
Moti Shabi
Moti Shabi, CEO and founder of Portugal Pulse, has led career that spans multiple continents and industries. Born in Paris and later immigrating to Tel Aviv, Israel, Moti's background uniquely positions him at the intersection of European and Middle Eastern cultures. He holds a Law License from Ono College, reflecting his multifaceted interests in law, media, technology, and culture.    Moti's love affair with Portugal began in 2016 when he founded EASY NATIONALITY, an immigration office focused on aiding the Sephardic community in the wake of Portugal's law of return for Sephardic Jews. This endeavor demonstrated his commitment to creating meaningful social and cultural bridges.    In 2018, he launched Hadshot Portugal, the first-ever news website about Portugal in Hebrew. Recognizing the importance of bringing Portuguese culture and news to a broader audience, Moti took the step of immigrating to Lisbon in 2023, where he founded both Portugal Pulse and Portugal France. These platforms aim to offer comprehensive coverage of Portuguese news, events, and culture to the English and French-speaking worlds, respectively.    Moti's vision extends beyond news dissemination. He aspires to be an ambassador for Portuguese culture and to strengthen the connections among Portuguese diaspora communities worldwide. In pursuit of this ambitious goal, Moti founded Aliança Portugueses in 2021. Through this initiative, he aims to bring together Portuguese communities, creating a network of individuals and organizations bound by their love for Portugal.

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