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"Rui Rio is a failure" - PSD leadership challenge launched

RuiRioThe challenge to Social Democrat leader, Rui Rio, (pictured), has been launched by Luís Montenegro who said today that he wants to be, “the opponent that António Costa has not had over the last year" and wants a clean start for the party instead of letting the current leader, carry on and fail.

Montenegro challenged Rui Rio to have the courage to call a party leadership election and not to, "take refuge behind formal, legal and administrative issues.”

If Rui Rio does not accept the challenge, he will be censured in an extraordinary National Council meeting and most likely, removed.

Montenegro has started boldly, calling Rui Rio a failure and that, if nothing is done, there will be a humiliating defeat for the PSD in the Autumn general election.

“Rui Rio promised to make the PSD an alternative and firm opposition to the government, but failed, as the party has failed, to criticise António Costa and is seen as complacent,” said the challenger.

In Luís Montenegro's view, there is no other option but "change" in order to "save the PSD from the abyss into which it is diving."

"One year ago no one thought that the PSD would become what it is today: amorphous, without cause, incapable of mobilising its militants and at risk of having a defeat that could jeopardise its survival as a national party," said Montenegro, adding, "I am here to galvanise the Portuguese into a period of hope: hope for entrepreneurs, who want to risk starting new business, for workers who aspire to better wages and a time of hope for the most disadvantaged."

Montenegro ended his challenge by saying, "I'm here to tell the country that we need a new government and a new prime minister. I am here to be the opponent that António Costa has not had over the past year. I am available to lead this change. Portugal is losing patience with this Socialist, Blocist and Communist government."

Asked for a reaction to the Social Democratic Party leadership crisis and the call for change by Montenegro, Rui Rio said he will not react now, but will not ignore the situation either, "I will respond in a timely manner, I will not pretend that nothing is happening, it would be a great hypocrisy."

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+1 #7 AL 2019-01-14 11:42
Quoting Harrison:
Pela patria lutar!
Contra os Bretões marchar, marchar!
Clearly a very sensitive topic - that our Portuguese censors do not want to see made public or it would be in the guide books and easily comprehended by incoming British. Its on a need to know basis and we British DO NOT NEED TO KNOW!!!

You seem to have inside information coming from the little voices inside your head.
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-1 #6 Harrison 2019-01-14 09:07
Pela patria lutar!
Contra os Bretões marchar, marchar!
Clearly a very sensitive topic - that our Portuguese censors do not want to see made public or it would be in the guide books and easily comprehended by incoming British. Its on a need to know basis and we British DO NOT NEED TO KNOW!!!
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-1 #5 Denby 2019-01-13 20:35
Completely agree with the comment made by AL.
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+2 #4 Kylie 2019-01-12 19:05
Mr Harrison might want to ponder the stresses that the British caused to indigenous people of other nations over the years, such as Australia where they refused a treaty and committed terrible crimes resulting in generational trauma. How about that fabulous Winston Churchill who sent the Australian and New Zealand troops in to be knowingly slaughtered at Gallipoli, no compensation there either. Goes both ways!
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-1 #3 AL 2019-01-12 11:58
Most Portuguese are completely ignorant of Mr Harrison's claim, which he keeps reminding ADN readers every day. There is no secret national anthem and there never was. If Mr Harrison has been treated unfairly in Portugal that is probably because of his attitude towards the locals.
Mr Harrison does not speak for all British, the majority are quite happy living in Portugal.
As for corruption and crooks that the multiple-personality person keeps blaming Graeco-Roman countries perhaps he should listen to what Police & Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld had to say about HBOS. The level of corruption in Portugal is amateurish compared to what happens in the US and UK.
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+3 #2 PMF 2019-01-12 10:36
Quoting Harrison:
My vote, but am not allowed one as I am British, is for which ever Portuguese politician has the balls to
finally come out with Portugal's secret National Anthem (Hino Nacional). Telling the world that it never actually changed in Portuguese people's minds from the original "Attack the British". Then arranging and paying full compensation for all the lost opportunity and 'illegal' unnecessary stresses of all kinds that we EU British have experienced here. That would though take back bone and moral fibre .... so we must dream on.
Much as we are aware of, and may sympathise with Harrison's obsession with the Portuguese national anthem, his mentioning it in every single one of his postings has become overly tedious. Mind you, so is the multiple-personality who is obsessed with Graeco-Romans - and I keep reading....
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-3 #1 Harrison 2019-01-12 10:01
My vote, but am not allowed one as I am British, is for which ever Portuguese politician has the balls to
finally come out with Portugal's secret National Anthem (Hino Nacional). Telling the world that it never actually changed in Portuguese people's minds from the original "Attack the British". Then arranging and paying full compensation for all the lost opportunity and 'illegal' unnecessary stresses of all kinds that we EU British have experienced here. That would though take back bone and moral fibre .... so we must dream on.
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