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So "right wing" in this case, is center/center-left...hmm...doesn't sound bad. How will he be as a President?

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Mon May 29th, 2006 at 01:38:26 PM EST
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Well, unlike his predecessors he is not a "political animal". As a prime minister he was a technocrat, a no-nonsense guy. People so in him the signs of stability and honesty they demanded from rulers, after a series of failed minority governments. He also filled the leadership void left by Sá Caneiro, the charismatic PSD founder, dead in a plane crash.

As a president he has yet to show his mark. He has none of the powers and competences of a prime-minister. The president acts more like a national conscience and a referee. His opponents claimed he lacked the political... agility or savyness, if there is such a word.  That he knows of numbers, but numbers are not the business of the president.

He has a good test now. The parliament passed a series of laws regarding assisted pregnancy, aprooved by all the parties on the left, but a "pro-life" sort of citizens movement gathered 75000 signatures to contest the law, and wish him to veto it, or order a referendum. We'll see how he deals with it.

by Torres on Mon May 29th, 2006 at 02:14:05 PM EST
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75,000?

What is the limit? In Hungary, which has 10 million citizens just like Portugal, but the limit is 100,000 valid signatures for Parliament to consider a vote, and 200,000 for automatic referendum.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon May 29th, 2006 at 03:45:03 PM EST
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With 75.000 they can ask for popular consultation. I'm not sure the request has to be attended. But i think it doesn't.
by Torres on Mon May 29th, 2006 at 04:11:12 PM EST
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