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Portuguese PR says that the functioning of institutions is not limited to voting

The President of the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, said in Luanda that the functioning of the institutions is not limited to voting and that the people “want to have their opinions expressed in parliament”.

: João Relvas
João Relvas  

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa arrived this Wednesday at 6:30 am in Luanda to attend the investiture of President-elect João Lourenço, about two weeks after having been in the capital for the funeral ceremonies of former President José Eduardo dos Santos.

"In open political systems there are natural phenomena. One is that in parliaments there are several voices, of different weights, and they take advantage of their places to express their positions. This gives great strength to civic and political experience", stressed the head of State.

Asked about the possibility of opposition deputies not taking office, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa considered that "people want to have their various opinions expressed in parliament", just as "in everyday life, citizens are also expressing their opinions ".

"This is part of the richness of political experience, in peace, which is a reality that we all value very much", he underlined.

In his opinion, "it is good that there are different points of view and that they are manifested, some majority, others minority", depending on the evolution of events, which also determines what the will of the people is going to be.

"The people vote, but the functioning of institutions is not limited to voting, then there is the day-to-day work, the laws that are made, the political deputies, the evolution of circumstances", noted the President of the Republic.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa also highlighted that "history never stops at a given moment".

"There is no end to history, there is always more history beyond the end of history. This has happened to me so many times, it felt like the end of history, in my life and in the political sectors where I was, and then after all there was more history. This reality is very much alive", he commented.

João Lourenço takes office on Thursday, after disputed elections, in which opposition parties did not recognize the official results announced by the National Electoral Commission and are divided on the inauguration.

As for João Lourenço, he will certainly have to recreate himself in this new term, commented Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa: "The President was re-elected under different circumstances, pointing to an international context that wants to be different, and as a result the same people are never the same, they end up having to recreate themselves because the circumstances are not the same. We all recreate ourselves a little, every day, in politics", he highlighted.

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