Tough words on the state of the country today: Pedro Passos Coelho. Image: Rodrigo Antunes/ Lusa
Tough words on the state of the country today: Pedro Passos Coelho. Image: Rodrigo Antunes/ Lusa

Indecent and bad behaviour: former PM lays into outgoing government

Pedro Passos Coelho echoes calls for ‘political change’

Former PSD prime minister Pedro Passos Coelho has been ‘forced into the limelight’ today by dint of being a witness at the EDP corruption trial. And he made the most of it, laying into the current ‘caretaker’ government, saying he hopes “the country is able to identify in the government that is leaving office serious responsibilities for the situation the country has reached.

 “Serious enough for the Prime Minister to be the only one I can think of who felt the need to resign for being indecent and a bad figure,” he added.

PS henchmen will no doubt be ready to ride back into an indignant (or dismissive) battle of words, but Mr Passos Coelho’s remarks follow the results of a survey in which ‘everyday people’ admitted to feeling it is high time for a change in politics, after eight years of Socialism/ scandal and failing public services.

PSD party faithful have long expressed the wish that Passos Coelho would return to the fray, but he has consistently (politely) refused; today has been no exception.

The former party leader did however stress that the situation of the country “will not improve without dedication, effort and some conditions for this to happen.

“What I can say is that I sincerely hope that the PSD can be prepared for the times to come, because the country will certainly need a government that not only has a well-defined course, but can inspire confidence in people to reverse an extraordinary deterioration in a very significant part of public policies,” he said. 

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