Chega Açores leader resigns after split in regional structure and wants to clarify Azores

Chega-Açores chairman Carlos Furtado resigned this Sunday after disagreements with regional MP José Pacheco, with whom he must contest internal elections, party sources told Lusa.

“I confirm that the chairman of Chega-Açores has asked for his resignation and that he has agreed with me on the need to clarify the election. As elected President of the party, I will meet the national leadership as soon as I arrive in Lisbon so that the electoral process in the Autonomous Region of the Azores can be started immediately, ”confirmed the national leader André Ventura at the end of this month. – Week in the archipelago, initially just to organize the September / October city race.

A regional source for the far-right parliamentary party told Lusa that Carlos Furtado intends to run again for leadership and that the other Chega regional MP, José Pacheco, will also join the dispute, predictably for two.

In light of the differences of opinion between the two regional leaders Chega, Ventura met with both parties twice, but according to the same regional source, the differences persisted, particularly after the public controversy over Social Insertion Income (RSI).

According to Chega sources in the region, the two MPs are in favor of different projects for Chega in the Azores, admitting that support for the regional government “will not be so drastic” if the current regional leader loses in the internal elections.

The regional crisis in the populist party became visible through a message published on a page of an official social network by José Pacheco against the increase in the number of verified RSI beneficiaries in these islands.

The publication was later deleted by the regional director Carlos Furtado, who wrote that the regional director of Chega and himself have “the greatest attention” to the problems of the “RSI excess” and the “aim of finding effective solutions” at the moment, the responsibilities allow , which “can be attributed to them, not a simple and populist criticism”.

The decline in RSI beneficiaries in the Azores was one of the key ideas Chega defended in the election campaign leading up to the suffrage of October 25, 2020, and one of the most important in the negotiations with the PSD Azores to establish the new regional government after 24 years of PS- Makes viable. The social democrat José Manuel Bolieiro has headed the executive branch of the Azores for a little over a hundred days in a coalition with CDS-PP and PPM and also supports the regional parliament of Chega and the Liberal Initiative in completing the parliamentary majority.

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