PM thanks communities abroad for keeping faith in crisis

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 05-09-2019 13:00:00 · 0 Comments
PM thanks communities abroad for keeping faith in crisis

Portugal’s Socialist prime minister, António Costa has thanked Portuguese communities abroad for retaining their "high confidence" in Portugal and maintaining the prestige of the Portuguese in the world, even during a long crisis.

"We all know that the country has experienced very profound times of crisis and that have affected our international credibility, but throughout this period there has always been something that has kept very high the trust of all who look at us,” Costa said, speaking as leader of the Socialist Party at a rally in Paris. “That was the testimony, the experience and the unique knowledge of the work and value of our communities around the world.”

Costa was addressing a rally in the Bois de Boulogne attended by Portuguese emigrants and other people from the Portuguese community – a campaign initiative at which the party’s list of candidates for the Europe overseas constituency was unveiled, headed by Paulo Pisco, who is currently a deputy.

"I wanted to thank you,” Costa said. “The confidence you gave to our country over the years was fundamental to the transformation we could have."

He argued that the choice of António Guterres as United Nations secretary-general and the fact that international credit rating agencies all now see Portugal’s debt as having a positive outlook owed “a lot” to the prestige of Portuguese communities abroad.

Costa event said he might call on emigrants in forming a future government if the Socialists win the 6 October general election.

Accompanying Costa on his trip to Paris was José Luís Carneiro, a candidate for deputy and current secretary of state for Portuguese communities abroad, who listed measures put forward by the government in the last four years, such as the modernisation of the country’s consulates, the programme encouraging people to return, and the automatic enrolment of voters.

With the latter measure, 1.4 million Portuguese nationals around the world will be have a postal vote, which they may send off at no cost until election day.


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