sábado, 3 de outubro de 2015

Legislative elections in Portugal: Pedro Passos Coelho, a portrait

The return to power the centre-right in Portugal. Pedro Passos Coelho, adept at neo-liberal formulas, won the legislative elections in 2011, after 6 years of Socialist Government, when the shadow of a financial crisis threatened the permanence of Portugal in the euro.

With him the PSD gets the best result in 20 years but does not have an absolute majority. To rule, must make an Alliance on the right, with the CDS-PP of Paulo Portas.

"Our priorities are clear; stabilization of public finances, helping the needy, make the economy grow and create jobs. We will respond to the serious financial situation with the financial stabilization, "announced Pedro Passos Coelho on his debut as Prime Minister.

With his parliamentary majority, tries to achieve the sustainability of public finances and the sovereign debt reduction, in accordance with the rescue of 78 billion signed with the Troika (European Union, International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank).

In presenting the budget for 2012, Pedro Passos Coelho made it known that I was going to offer a Christmas present with bitterness: "the 2012 budget will cut the Christmas bonus and holiday allowance for civil servants who receive a salary of more than 1,000 euros a month."

On the street, the protests go up intensity when Passos Coelho increases the social contribution of workers of 11% to 18%, and reduces the employer's contribution of 23.75% to 18%. But the discontent doesn't make the Prime Minister move, he continues on his way.

"If I have to lose an election in Portugal to save the country, as they say, to hell with the election, what matters is the country," said the Portuguese Prime Minister.

Without any reservation, he says the Portuguese to "step out of your comfort zone". A recommendation heard by the population. In 2014, 2.3 million Portuguese are migrants, which represents approximately 20% of the resident population. Portugal is the EU country with the highest number of immigrants.

The sacrifices give some results after three years of austerity, Portugal is released from international tutelage. But the public does not see these results reflected in their quality of life.

"The May 17, 2014 will go down in our history as the day of all the Portuguese, because without their efforts, we would not have gotten this far. It's not going to be the day of a Government or political party, will be the day of all, '' considered Passos Coelho in the speech about the departure of Portugal of the rescue plan.

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