PSD leader says next government must be “free of extremism”
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PSD leader says next government must be “free of extremism”

Luís Montenegro is on a four-day visit to the Algarve

PSD leader Luís Montenegro has defended that Portugal’s next government must be “free of extremism,” be it from the left or right-wings of the political spectrum.

Montenegro was speaking at a meeting with PSD supporters in Albufeira, on the first day of his four-day visit to the Algarve, which will see him visit every borough in the region until Thursday.

It would be very good for Portugal that the next government is not held hostage by extremism,” said Montenegro, criticising the ‘gerigonça’ (the name given to the left-wing agreement which allowed PS to form a government with the support of CDU and BE after the 2015 elections) which he said lead to the “impoverishment” of Portugal.

We must ensure that a ‘geringonça’ 2.0 is not on the horizon,” he added.

Montenegro is in the Algarve to “deepen knowledge about the region’s fundamental issues,” the country’s main opposition party said in a statement last week.

The programme of his visit includes a train ride between Tunes and Portimão, a stop at the University of the Algarve to learn about its Medicine master’s degree and a visit to the Foupana stream to learn more about the region’s water management projects.

Montenegro will also visit the Sagres Fortress and meet with citizen’s movements about the renovation of the eastern section of the EN125 road, the construction of a footbridge in Tavira, and the issue of pollution at the Ria Formosa estuary.