This statement was made in an interview with Francisco Pinto Balsemão, for the podcast "Leave the world better", launched by the chairman of the board of directors of the Impresa group to mark the 50th anniversary of the newspaper Expresso.

During this conversation, divided into three parts of about 25 minutes, the PSD founder and former prime minister asks Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa “why did he apply for a second term”, if he “felt he had an obligation”.

"Pandemic, pandemic. If there hadn’t been a pandemic, I wouldn't apply", replied the head of state. "I had promised my grandson, I had promised myself. It was five brutal years", he justified.

The President of the Republic pointed to the fires of 2017, the emergence of inorganic movements and populisms and the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic as exhausting challenges in his first term, which ran from 2016 to 2021.

"I understood that, in fact, I should give way to someone else, at the age I already had, with the way I exercise the presidency, which is with proximity, which is a brutal physical effort", he added.