A dispatch from the PAN was published in Diário de República on 13 July stating that André Batista Nunes is the new PAN chief of staff. In the same document, the party announces the departure of some advisers.
Thus, it appears by “dispatch of June 25, 2020, from the President of the Parliamentary Group of the People-Animals-Nature Party, PAN”, that the party appoints Dr. André Batista Nunes with immediate effect. Exonerated from the position of advisors are Márcio Manuel Cavaleiro da Quadrada, Sara Filipa Tomé Marques Martins, Susana Isabel de Oliveira Andrade.
The PAN has been subject to some changes due to the departure of MEP Francisco Guerreiro and deputy Cristina Rodrigues.
"MEP Francisco Guerreiro leaves the People-Animals-Nature party due to political differences with the leadership and guarantees that he will continue to defend in the European Parliament the ideals for which he was elected and governed", said a statement sent to Lusa, on 16 June .
In the statement, it was also stated that “the divergences that justify his departure from the PAN are based on the lack of political identification with several relevant positions taken by the party in the national parliament, as well as with the global political line that has characterized the PAN's performance in recent months ”.
On June 25, deputy Cristina Rodrigues left the party. “Today, with an extremely tight heart, I decided to disconnect from PAN, after giving so much of myself to this party. Unfortunately, I am unable to postpone this decision any longer and I only take it because I see no other way out and because I believe that, by postponing it, I could further accentuate the existing differences and be more damaging to the party, to me and to the causes with which I continue to identify myself ”, he assured, in a note sent to Lusa.
“I started to feel more and more my silenced voice and my ability to work conditionally, which culminated in my recent removal from the Permanent Political Commission of the PAN, done against me and without notice”, assured Cristina Rodrigues, who continues to participate in parliamentary activity as a non-registered deputy.