The secretary general of the PS admitted this Saturday that there were national causes in some defeats and situations of loss of votes for his party in the last local elections, asking for internal reflection and attention to the voice of citizens.
This analysis of the results of the September 26 elections was made by António Costa in his speech before the National Commission of the PS, a meeting taking place in Lisbon.
In his speech, which was open to journalists, the socialist leader insisted on the thesis that the PS “has beaten the local authorities regardless of the criteria for analyzing the electoral results”.
However, shortly thereafter, he noted that “it is also true that the PS has 12 fewer chamber presidencies than it did four years ago.”
“Many will say that it is normal and that someday we would have to start having a result no better than the previous one. It was this time. But we also have fewer votes and fewer mandates. Therefore, it is a moment that the party must reflect and consider well. about what happened in the local elections,” he said.
Without referring to specific cases of defeats in some municipal councils, the PS general secretary argued that in his party it is “certainly” known that in many municipalities the causes of having been lost “will be mainly local”.
“But in others they are certainly not local and there is a national explanation for these results. It is important that we reflect, because we have been in Government for six years, we have successively won the elections we have been standing in since then and it is important that the party knows listen to the voice of citizens,” he declared.
António Costa later asked that the voice of the citizens be heard, “with humility”, with a view to “correcting what should be corrected, encouraging what should be encouraged and accelerating what deserves to be accelerated”.
“This is the moment. For this reason, this debate today in the National Commission is very important, because it is the moment for re-launching the party’s activity for the next two years until the end of the legislature,” he added.
Maria de Belém leads single list for Political Commission
Former minister and former presidential candidate Maria de Belém leads the single list for the Socialist Political Commission and current secretary of state João Galamba, former party spokesman, leaves the PS National Secretariat.
These are two of the most significant changes in the lists proposed by the secretary general, António Costa, for the Secretariat (direction) and the Political Commission, bodies that are being elected at a meeting of the PS National Commission.
The PS National Secretariat includes former members of socialist governments such as Bernardo Trindade, Jamila Madeira, João Tiago Silveira and Susana Amador, as well as the re-elected president of the Chamber of Amadora, Carla Tavares.
The Secretary of State for Energy, João Galamba, the Minister of Agriculture, Maria do Céu Antunes, and José Manuel Mesquita.
Ministers Mariana Vieira da Silva, Alexandra Leitão, Ana Mendes Godinho and Graça Fonseca, the mayor of Gaia, Eduardo Vítor Rodrigues and the former mayor of Lisbon Fernando Medina will continue in the PS National Secretariat.
The Minister Pedro Nuno Santos and directors such as Porfírio Silva, Pedro Marques, Isilda Gomes (president of the Portimão Chamber), deputy Marcos Perestrello, João Torres, João Azevedo and Pedro Cegonho (the latter two both deputies) remain in the National Secretariat.
Luís Patrão, head of the party’s finances, and Maria da Luz Rosinha, who coordinated the portfolio of municipalities, which until now were members of the PS Permanent Commission, will join the National Secretariat.
The single list for the PS Political Commission, headed by Maria de Belém, who was president of the Socialists between 2011 and 2014, under the leadership of António José Seguro, has ten elements indicated by the minority tendency of Daniel Adrião in a total of 65 permanent members.