Francisco Amaral re-elected mayor of Castro Marim

Francisco Amaral (PSD) has been re-elected mayor of Castro Marim after his resignation in February due to what he called an “unsustainable” political situation in the borough.

The snap election was held on Sunday and saw Amaral obtaining 1,953 votes (59.82%), more than Célia Brito (PS) who received 1,125 votes (34.46%) and Nuno Osório (CDU) who only secured 113 votes (3.46%). The abstention rate stood at 44.18%.

Amaral’s victory was “all the more significant” as PSD and CDS-PP now have three councillors against PS’ two, meaning the centre-right parties have won back the majority control which they had lost in 2017.

Earlier this year, Amaral had said that the opposition was “only interested in stalling and boycotting” the council’s projects, such as the municipal mobile health unit project which was halted “for six months”. The mayor even accused the opposition of being responsible for community funding opportunities being missed.

The only way to bring an end to these issues was for the local population to have their voices heard (through voting), he said.

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