President Marcelo visited Ribat da Arrifana, took selfies and debated with mayors

Today and tomorrow, President Marcelo ends the cycle of visits to the 16 Algarve municipalities


This Friday, the President of the Republic made the 15th and penultimate visit to an Algarve municipality, that of Aljezur, in a tour that began in July. destined to «pull through the Algarve», as he said on his first visit, to the municipality of Vila Real de Santo António.

Given that the Algarve, which depends so much on tourism, has been the region of the country most affected by the crisis created by the Covid-19 pandemic, the head of state promised that he would visit all the Algarve's municipalities, to take his support for mayors and for more talk about the region.

After Aljezur, tomorrow Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will be in Vila do Bispo, to learn about some of the council's problems and projects and for his last dinner with the mayors of the Algarve.

This Friday, the President even began his visit to Costa Vicentina with something that was not on the agenda, not even the official one: far from the gaze of journalists, and even before reaching Aljezur, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa stopped on the beach in Odeceixe, where he took a dip. Only then did he go to Aljezur, to start the program that the local Chamber had organized.

Always having the Aljezurense mayor José Gonçalves as host, the President began by meeting, at Espaço+, with people linked to associations and IPSS in the municipality, then going up the street to Igreja Nova, where he went and prayed. Then, because it was already around 5 pm, he even had a snack on the outdoor terrace of a patisserie in that area of ​​the village.

Then, exchanging turns with some of the journalists, the head of state headed to the ribat da Arrifana, the ruins of an ancient Islamic fortress-monastery with almost a thousand years, which is a national monument, but which costs the necessary attention from the State so that its conservation and enhancement can advance. During the visit to the monument, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa was also accompanied by the president of the Association for the Defense of the Historical and Archaeological Heritage of Aljezur.

In between, the President of the Republic also went through the urbanization of Vale da Telha, which, despite having many of its problems resolved, continues to be a continuous headache for the City Council.

Back in Aljezur, and even before entering the Pont'a'Pé restaurant, where he would have dinner and talk to mayors from all over the Algarve, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa had time to take a break. selfies with a group of Aljezurenses of various ages who had been waiting for him for more than an hour and a half, without budging.

The head of state did not see, or cross paths with a group of ten and a half people, Portuguese and foreigners, with some children, who demonstrated, by the road bridge over the river, against the anti-corruption measures. Covid, namely the mandatory use of masks. None of the protesters wore a mask, although they made a point of taking group photos, all of them very close together.

This Saturday, the President of the Republic ends the cycle of visits to the 16 municipalities of the Algarve with a visit to the municipality of Vila do Bispo. The visit starts in Budens and ends, at 20 pm, with the usual dinner with mayors, this time at the Ribeira do Poço restaurant, in the village.


Photos: Elisabete Rodrigues | Sul Informação (except where indicated)



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