Internal administration minister claims she doesn’t need an assistant secretary of state

Internal Administration Minister Anabela Rodrigues has confirmed she will not replace Fernando Alexandre, her assistant secretary of state who resigned on April 22 after failing miserably to negotiate the terms of professional statutes of both PSP and GNR police.

As reported in national media, police unions have criticised the ministry for being “more fragile than ever” as a result of Alexandre’s walkout. But Rodrigues disagrees, saying his responsibilities will now be passed on to a working group.

Rodrigues’ announcement came on Monday (May 6) as she attended the commemoration of Sintra firefighting school’s 20th anniversary.

Alexandre was described as handing in his resignation after being increasingly “bypassed” by police who instead took their concerns straight to the minister.

Rodrigues affirms that negotiations regarding the statutes are still underway.