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PSD/Algarve revives “regionalisation” debate

A bid to see “regionalisation” (or devolution of powers from Lisbon) brought back onto Portugal’s political agenda has been unanimously approved by the Algarve’s delegation of the PSD.

The issue will be now be discussed at the party’s national congress in Espinho this weekend (April 1-3).

The debate was last catastrophically put to the test in a referendum in 1998 – deemed ‘useless’ as less than 50% of voters bothered to take part. Thus centre-right politicians think “now is the time” to give regionalisation another go.

Explaining “this is the last big reform of the 1976 Constitution that has not been enforced,” social democrats say they have some ideas on how to move ahead, though these have not yet been revealed.

In 2014, the Resident polled a number of Algarve politicians, all of whom supported some kind of regionalisation. click here

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