Police divided over latest troubles at Interior Ministry

Police are torn over the latest resignation to mark the Interior ministry, with many saying it is now “more fragile” than ever.

Indeed one union leader went as far as suggesting it was “only a matter of time” before the ministry lost its clout to sort out police problems.

The issue centres on last week’s resignation of assistant secretary of state Fernando Alexandre, citing “incompatibilities” with minister Anabela Rodrigues.

Alexandre was meant to be negotiating the terms of the professional statutes of PSP and GNR agents but Observador quoted a source as saying more often than not he was “bypassed” by police who went straight to the Minister – and this is one of the reasons why he chose to step down.

President of the Republic Cavaco Silva has accepted the resignation, while the government has yet to make any comments.