André Ventura: the absent candidate who was very present in the radio debate

André Ventura refused to be present at the radio debate, but his name was mentioned several times. One of the themes on which the name of the president of Chega came up occurred when the presidential candidates commented on the coalition in the Azores, supported by Chega and the Liberal Initiative.

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This Monday, January 18, the last presidential debate took place, but at TSF, Rádio Renascença and Antena 1. Unlike the television debate, this was marked by the absence of André Ventura, who refused to be present at the site together with the rest competing with Belém. Despite the absence, Ventura's name came up face-to-face among the six candidates for President of the Republic.

The missing candidate

André Ventura's name first appeared in the debate when it was announced by the moderators that he had refused to attend. Alternatively, the president of Chega proposed to participate by videoconference. This option was not allowed, since radio stations would only authorize this option in case any of the candidates were in prophylactic isolation, as explained at the opening of the debate.

After the introduction, it was Marisa Matias who mentioned the name of the leader of Chega. The candidate of Bloco de Esquerda pointed out that André Ventura was not present in the radio debate, so as not to have to “justify the non-compliance with DGS rules during the campaign”. On Sunday, January 17, the president of Chega and presidential candidate held a dinner in Braga that brought together more than 170 people in full confinement.

Arrival of Arrives at power "will happen more quickly if we transform into a central pole what is not"

Although absent, Ventura returned to the debate when the deputies commented on the coalition in the Azores that was formed with the support of Chega and the Liberal Initiative. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa argues that the arrival of Chega to power "will happen faster if we transform what is not a central pole".

For the current President of the Republic, the ideas "must be fought", considering the "fulanization of those who are lateral want to be central in the political system".

As for the Azores, the President of the Republic can only demand written agreements to remove doubts about the constitutionality of the policies to be followed if Chega integrates in the future a government solution, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said that the representative of the Republic in the Azorean region “did a lot well ”in demanding these documents

On the subject, Vitorino Silva stressed that the example of the Azores shows that “here you can make yourself pay here”, in reference to the contraption of Costa's first term. In turn, Marisa Matias criticized the “huge rush” in the formation of Government in the Azores. The blocker also pointed out that "what is at stake is whether a President should take office from a Government that defends the segregation of an entire community and from not treating certain people due to their skin color".

Ana Gomes took the opportunity to accuse Marcelo of having helped to “normalize” Chega in the Azores. Ana Gomes recalled that the party led by André Ventura "proposes the death penalty, life imprisonment, wants to confine the Roma community and insults immigrants and Roma". For his part, João Ferreira said that the President of the Republic must prevent the growth of anti-democratic forces. The communist guaranteed that if he were Head of State "he would do anything" to "prevent anti-democratic forces from growing".

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