The decree releasing Miguel Albuquerque (right) from his position as president of the regional government of Madeira has been signed by Madeira's representative of the Republic, Ireneu Barreto (left) today. Image: Homem de Gouveia/ Lusa
The decree releasing Miguel Albuquerque (right) from his position as president of the regional government of Madeira was only signed by Madeira's representative of the Republic, Ireneu Barreto, two weeks ago. Image: Homem de Gouveia/ Lusa

Resignation of Madeira’s regional governor “formally accepted” and almost instantly enacted

Miguel Albuquerque is officially no longer regional governor of Madeira. With fellow defendants in the corruption investigation that has rocked the regional government still in preventive custody – their judicial questioning taking days longer than originally expected – Mr Albuquerque was in a form of unclaimed territory (having resigned, but not having been formally dispensed with). This will now be settled once notice of the acceptance of his resignation is published (later today). Albuquerque has said he will request for his parliamentary privilege to be lifted, in order to be questioned by authorities. Meantime, surprising details of this investigation appear with regularity, including lists of “principal items found in the searches” of the home of former Funchal mayor Pedro Calado. Mr Calado is the last of the three defendants to be questioned, with his questioning possibly coming tomorrow, after which the judge will decide on bail terms.