PAN Madeira is led by Mónica Freitas (image from PAN Madeira's Facebook page) and is now in a position in which by removing support, it could bring down Madeira's PSD/CDS government
PAN Madeira is led by Mónica Freitas (image from PAN Madeira's Facebook page) and is now in a position in which by removing support, it could bring down Madeira's PSD/CDS government

PAN threatens to topple Madeira government

Either Albuquerque resigns, or PAN drops out of ‘agreement’ with minority PSD/ CDS coalition

PAN (People Animals Nature party) is threatening to topple the Madeiran government led by Miguel Albuquerque – now one of the official suspects in a three-pronged corruption investigation.

The party whose support is keeping the PSD/CDS coalition in power, has said it will only continue to do so if Albuquerque is substituted.

PAN’s regional committee said in a statement that, as things stand, it does not consider that Miguel Albuquerque “has the conditions to remain in his role”.

In the statement sent to newsrooms this evening, the committee said: “PAN Madeira is available to continue to make the parliamentary advocacy agreement with PSD Madeira viable if a new President of the Regional Government of Madeira is appointed and accepted, and if the conditions are met for government stability in the region and for the continued fulfilment of the agreement between PAN Madeira and PSD Madeira.” 

The position puts Mr Albuquerque – who has vowed he will not resign – in check, if not checkmate. It means if he persists in ‘staying on’, his government will fall and president Marcelo may be forced to call early elections.

PAN only signed what was dubbed “an agreement of parliamentary incidence” with the PSD/CDS coalition in September, after the last regional elections left Albuquerque’s party in a minority.

PAN’s support became the solution for Albuquerque to continue in his role as regional president – even though he said before the elections that he would step down if not returned with a majority. ND

Source: SIC Notícias