The president of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, said today that the pre-election climate began "very soon" in the country, which in May 2019 faces European elections and in October has marked a general election.
In a Christmas message published today in the Portuguese newspaper "Jornal de Notícias", Rebelo de Sousa pointed out that the last months were of "intense collective debate" due to the elaboration of the 2019 Budgets but also to the pre-electoral climate, which began " soon".
"The last quarter of 2018 increased the feeling of race against time, in search of goals before the election period that will last practically throughout the year 2019," he said.
The head of the Portuguese State recalled that there are five months until "the first of several important elections for our horizon until 2023-2024".
The Portuguese will go to the polls on May 26 for the European and October 6 for the legislative elections, after four years of the legislature of the Socialist Government of António Costa.
In his message, Rebelo de Sousa also referred to the situation in the country and considered that, although the crisis has already been overcome, there are sectors that expect more "to compensate for delays from the past".
In this regard, he recalled that one in five Portuguese live in situations or at risk of poverty and that "the inequalities aggravated by the crisis persist in many cases."
The Portuguese president plans to visit this Christmas Day to children admitted to the oncology service of the Hospital de São João, in Oporto (north).