Admiral Henrique Gouveia e Melo. Image: Pedro Sarmento Costa/ Lusa
Admiral Henrique Gouveia e Melo. Image: Pedro Sarmento Costa/ Lusa

Admiral of Fleet “does not want to talk about presidential race”

Portugal’s ‘Covid hero’, now Admiral of the Fleet, Henrique Gouveia e Melo has said the equivalent of “absolutely not” to repeated questions as to whether or not he will be standing for the post of President of Portugal when Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa comes to the end of his mandate in two years’ time. The naval chief stressed in a recent interview with Lusa that the Navy “occupies 110%” of his thoughts as he wants to be able to reach the end of his stint at the helm (in only a year’s time) with a modern service, ready to protect the interests of the country at sea.