The leader of the PS-Azores, Vasco Cordeiro, who appeared in the regional elections in the Azores with the objective of serving a third term as president of the regional government, removed the scenario of the loss of the absolute majority, which the socialists have maintained since 2000, imply alternation in power. "The PS won this election with more votes and with more mandates, it was ahead in seven of the nine islands in the region, in a clear and unequivocal way", he affirmed, emphasizing that there is the precedent of 1996, when Carlos César led the regional government despite PSD and CDS have more mandates in the regional legislative assembly.
“We are and continue to be a benchmark for stability, security and to enforce the will of the Azoreans”, said Vasco Cordeiro, guaranteeing “all the availability to build a government solution that provides security, in dialogue and in concert, so that at the end of this process, it is the Azoreans who win ”. Away he left the hypothesis, admitted by the regional social-democratic leader José Manuel Bolieiro, that the regional legislative assembly of the Azores, in which the right can reach an absolute majority, find an alternative.
Also according to Vasco Cordeiro, who had at his side the predecessor (and current national president of the PS) Carlos César, this Sunday's elections “were not a plebiscite to the regional government”, but the “choice between several projects for the region placed on top of the table ”, with the PS having the most votes, with 39,1% of the total and 25 terms, ahead of the PSD, which had 33,7% of the votes and 21 deputies.
Faced with questions from journalists about his statements during the election campaign, pointing to the possible loss of an absolute majority in the PS as leading to a political crisis, Vasco Cordeiro denied that the autonomous region had become ungovernable. "It is a more demanding scenario, but it corresponds to the will of the Azoreans," he said, guaranteeing that he will do everything "to ensure that the Azores have all the conditions to overcome the Covid-19 storm".
Without wishing to comment on the parallels between the situation arising from Sunday's regional elections and the situation that Portugal experienced in 2015, when the center-right coalition Portugal to the Front was the most voted, but fell short of the absolute majority, so the second government Pedro Passos Coelho was overthrown in the Assembly of the Republic, Vasco Cordeiro also shied away from commenting on the fact that António Costa was the only leader of the main national parties not to participate in the Azorean electoral campaign. "It is a victory for all Portuguese socialists," said the leader of the most voted party.