The president of Chega, André Ventura, will keep the same names in the third vote for the national leadership of the party and, according to what Jornal Económico learned, will resign if the congressmen gathered at the convention in Évora do not make the list that will return to them viable. to present. Chega's statutes require that national bodies be approved by the convention by two-thirds of the total votes, and in the second vote, held this Sunday afternoon, Ventura was eight votes out of that goal, with 219 congressmen in favor and 121 against.
The possibility of leaving the party leadership, just two weeks after being re-elected in direct elections, obtaining 99,4% of the votes, became evident when Ventura did not hide the weariness when addressing the congressmen, after the second vote. He would, however, end up being interrupted by supporters and said he would submit a third list.
The first list was failed in the morning, with only 183 votes in favor and 193 against, revealing that the five vice-presidents - in addition to the renewal of Diogo Pacheco de Amorim, Nuno Afonso and José Dias, Ventura chose the newly registered militants Gabriel Mithá Ribeiro and Tanger Correia - and the eight members found antibodies among the congressmen.
In view of this, André Ventura presented a second list in the beginning of the afternoon with a single change: instead of a member of the PPV - Partido Cidadania e Democracia Cristã, which is in the process of merging with Chega, Rui appeared Paulo Sousa, who was a candidate for deputy for Aliança, as well as another new member, Tiago Sousa Dias.