The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, will travel to the autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores this Friday to meet with representatives of the Republic, government presidents and regional parliaments.
According to an agenda note published by the Presidency of the Republic, the head of state will first travel to Madeira and arrive in Funchal just before noon this Friday. In the afternoon he will continue to Ponta Delgada in the Azores, where he will stay until late at night.
The Constitution provides that the President of the Republic appoints a representative of the Republic for each of the autonomous regions, whose mandate is the same as the term of office of the President and therefore ends on Tuesday, March 9th.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will be re-elected in the presidential elections on January 24 with 60.67% of the votes and will take office on Tuesday morning for a second term of five years in the Assembly of the Republic.
According to the published program, the President of the Republic will arrive at Cristiano Ronaldo Airport in Madeira Island at 12:30 p.m. and have lunch with the President of the Regional Government, Miguel Albuquerque, at Quinta Vigia, the seat of the Presidency, at 1:00 p.m. Madeira Executive in Funchal.
At 3 p.m. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will meet with the representative of the Republic for the Autonomous Region of Madeira, Ireneu Cabral Barreto, at his official residence, the Palace of São Lourenço, for a meeting that will also be attended by the President of the Regional Legislative Assembly , José Manuel Rodrigues, and the President of the Regional Government.
Arrival at João Paulo II Airport on São Miguel Island is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. local time, 6:30 p.m. on the mainland and Madeira.
Half an hour later, the President of the Republic will have a meeting with the representative of the Republic for the Autonomous Region of the Azores, Pedro Catarino, in the Monastery of Belém, his official residence, and with the President of the Regional Legislative Assembly, Luís Garcia and the President of the regional government, José Manuel Bolieiro. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and José Manuel Bolieiro will have dinner at 7:30 p.m. local time at the Sant’ana Palace, the seat of the Azores regional government’s presidency.
According to the provisions of the Constitution, it is the representatives of the Republic who, taking into account the election results, appoint the Presidents of the Governments of Madeira and the Azores and appoint the remaining members of the regional leaders for the proposal and discharge the respective President. They also have the power to sign and publish regional statutory ordinances and regional regulatory ordinances with the right of veto and to request the Constitutional Court to check the constitutionality of a rule contained in regional ordinances as a preventive measure.