Jerónimo de Sousa has been the figurehead of the PCP communist party for the best part of two decades

Jerónimo de Sousa stands down as leader of PCP communist party

The announcement came over the weekend. After 18 years – the most recent of which have seen the party’s following decimated, and seats in parliament drastically reduced – PCP leader Jerónimo de Sousa is stepping down. The new party leader has already been named (with no apparent ‘contest’ having been held): He is Paulo Raimundo, a former baker and carpenter; a man so typical of the PCP ‘cloth cap worker ’ that television commentator Luís Marques Mendes has predicted this is the moment when the already struggling party will fade into “complete irrelevance”.