Braga's PSD district president said Monday that "no other militant" would have done better than Rui Rio did in Sunday's legislative elections and now "it takes calm."
Speaking to Lusa, José Manuel Fernandes even said that “in view of the almost catastrophic forecasts”, the PSD's result “turned out to be positive” and that one should not “hasten” the party's “natural electoral process”, which according to the calendar has elections early next year.
The PS won Sunday's legislative elections with 36.65% of the votes and 106 deputies elected, according to the provisional results, and according to data from the General Secretariat of the Ministry of Internal Administration – Electoral Administration, the PSD was the second party. most voted, with 27.90% of the votes and 77 deputies.
"I am convinced that no other militant would have achieved these results," said the MEP.
Asked if Rui Rio should resign or anticipate the electoral process to choose the party's president, Jose Manuel Fernandes stated that "you need to be calm".
“I don't see why the party's calendar is advancing, we don't even know if Dr. Rui Rio wants to re-apply or not.
About the results in the Braga district, the social democratic district leader was pleased: “They were good. We kept our deputies and it was the reward for the excellent choice of the head of the list and for the work of all the candidates from the district without any skydivers, ”he said.
José Manuel Fernandes has now pointed the batteries to the next municipalities considering that Sunday's results are “a good indicator” of what those elections may be.
“We want to maintain the municipalities we have and earn more,” of course.
In Braga, the PS had the highest percentage of votes (36.4%) against 34% of the PSD but eventually elected both eight deputies, one more for the socialists than in 2015.
The BE elected two members and the CFP lost the only mandate obtained in 2015.
In 2015, the PSD / CDS-PP coalition won 45.6% of the votes in the Braga district, electing 10 deputies, eight social democrats and two centrists.