Carlos Natal, who was in these local elections to be the candidate of Chega for mayor of Portimão, before, in June, he fell out with the local and national structures of the party, which led to his being removed from the candidacy, he assumed this Saturday that he will run for the presidency of Chega with André Ventura in the next party elections.
The dispute for the leadership is something unprecedented in the history of Chega, since on the other two occasions when André Ventura resigned and reappointed he had no opposition to the position of president of the party.
It is recalled that yesterday, at a press conference at the party’s headquarters, Ventura reacted to the decision of the Constitutional Court – which, on Thursday, gave reason to the Public Ministry and considered that the statutory changes introduced by the party at the Congress of Évora, in September 2020, are invalid -, noting that, “although it is not clear in the Constitutional Court’s decision whether the election of the party’s president in direct elections is compromised or not”, Chega decided “not to take any more risks in this matter”, thus presenting her resignation from the presidency of the party and consequent re-candidacy, not only for president, but with lists to all the organs of the party.
In the candidacy manifesto published on his Facebook page, Carlos Miguel do Carmo Natal, who introduces himself as the “founder militant of the party”, states that, in recent years, “while the party grew, the number of founding militants decreased of the party, discontented with the direction the party was starting to take and mainly because of the lack of channels to speak, express feelings, wishes and point out paths within the party”.
“The exponential growth, uncontrolled, in some cases, and not very rigorous, was a protest for blocking measures and discipline that have nothing to do with democracy, many of them being autocratic and with a lot of authoritarian tics, designed by the new members of the party, many of them coming from directly from other political forces, highly infected with political and partisan vices, which swamped the party for any possibility of different thinking, which would call into question the designs of the new party leaders, with an exalted desire to reach a place of power, without that it would be possible to make a choice of the political capacities of each one”, it can be read.
Carlos Natal even says that “messes, uncertainties, lack of leadership, letting go, not intervening and allowing situations to get out of control, are the day to day of the party”.
Stressing that he does not want to “create divisions”, the candidate from the Algarve says he wants to “open a space for dialogue, thought and debate on the future of the party”.
It is recalled that, on Thursday, the Constitutional Court gave reason to the Public Prosecutor’s Office in the process in which it requests the invalidation of the bylaws changes of Chega at the Évora congress in September 2020, considering that the convocation did not allow it.
According to the Constitutional Court, “neither the deliberation of the National Directorate regarding the holding of such a convention”, “nor the convocation”, “contains any indication that, at the meeting in question of the National Convention, proposals for amendments to the statutes would be discussed and voted on in force”, and therefore cannot register them.
In total, five motions to amend the bylaws were approved at the National Convention of Évora.
Among the changes, in addition to the change in the mode of election of the party leader – who was elected “in direct elections by free vote of all militants”, instead of being elected by the party’s National Convention – and the National Convention – now elected by a simple majority, instead of two-thirds -, new bodies were also created, which are now illegal.
Among the bodies that have been created are the Juventude do Chega, the Ethics Committee – responsible for imposing the so-called ‘cork law’ and the temporary suspension of party members – and the positions of general secretary and secretary. deputy general, in charge of representing the party president “along with the regional, district and local structures of the party, as well as assuming the day-to-day management of the same in its various administrative, legal, financial and institutional aspects”.
All these bodies, as well as their decisions and actions, now become illegal and invalid.