President of the Republic calls for votes and recalls international situation

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa highlighted his concern about “the urgency of accelerating the recovery of the economy”

President of the Republic in his address to the country – Photo: Manuel de Almeida | Lusa

The President of the Republic Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa called this Saturday to vote in the legislative elections tomorrow, Sunday, and considered that it is in difficult times “that it is most important to vote”.

In a statement to the country on the eve of the legislative elections, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa highlighted his concern about “the urgency of accelerating the recovery of the economy”, at a time when the effects of the tension situation at an international level are felt, remembering the wars in Ukraine and in Gaza, price rises, interest costs and some social problems.

“In times like this, when wars have relaunched economic and trade wars that we hoped had been overcome by the end of the pandemic, it is in these times that it is most important to vote” said the President.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa recalled the effects of the “waiting period caused by wars on health, housing, education and other social areas, for the youngest, especially unemployment, for the youngest, always the future guarantee of retirement pensions”.

“What will happen out there this year and in the following years?”, asked the President, considering that this is “a silenced concern” that ends up conditioning everything else.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa mentioned the North American elections, the European elections, the future of the war in Ukraine, the Middle East, tensions in the Red Sea, the world economy and “again the rise in prices and the cost of interest”.

In his message, the president appealed to the participation of even those who “got tired or disappointed” and insisted that it is in “more serious moments like these that it is most important to vote”.

The President also recalled that in 2024 “it will be 50 years since the 25th of April and 49 years since the first direct vote of all women and men over 18 years of age in Portugal”, in an allusion to the elections for the Constituent Assembly of 1975. .

“A cycle of half a century in our history closes and another opens with new challenges, new demands, new ambitions, but always with the same values: democracy, freedom and equality”, he said.

“Because times are really difficult outside and that’s why inside, letting go is always the worst solution”, launched Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa to appeal for votes, at a time “to give new life in stability and security to our freedom, our equality, our democracy.”

More than 10 million registered voters nationwide and abroad are called to the polls on Sunday.

In the previous legislative elections, on January 30, 2022, the abstention rate stood at 48,54%, a decrease compared to the 2019 legislative elections.