The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, considered today that the Portuguese constitutional and legal regime was not designed for pandemic situations and suggested today that in the future it will have to be adapted.
The head of state spoke to journalists at the Palace of Belém, in Lisbon, regarding the legal doubts about restrictive rights measures that have been adopted by the Government in the current context of the 19-covid pandemic, such as the restriction of movement between municipalities.
“I know that there is a concern, which I also have, obviously, if I were not a jurist and a professor of Constitutional Law, that it is necessary to frame the various measures in what we have as a constitutional and legal regime, which was not designed for this. It was not. And there was no time to change it, ”he said.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said that meanwhile “there could have been, on the initiative of some political party in terms of revising the Constitution or revising the law these months, the introduction of adjustments”, but “the pandemic continued and, therefore, in the middle of pandemic there was no such opportunity ”.
"In the future, we will see how we adapt what we have to situations as specific as a pandemic," he added.
The President of the Republic defended that "in this context, it was necessary to use the instruments, tools" available, and "in some cases the jurists understand that they were used with more purpose, in others with less purpose, in some with greater fit, in others with less fit" .
"In any case, as you know, the final decision rests with the courts," said the head of state.
In his opinion, however, "in the middle of a pandemic, it is not by chance that there was not much recourse to court, because people felt that there were reasons of urgency and urgency that justified the measures".
According to the President of the Republic, “the Government will consider all these observations and try to find the way”.
“It is good that the Portuguese realize that we are aware of these problems. We are. Trying to fit the measures that need to be taken in the existing schemes. And, on the other hand, without much time ”, he declared.