Opposition accuses government of 'democratic intolerance', minister guarantees 'availability for review'

In the debate on the progress report on the oversight of government activity - which indicates that during the last legislative session the executive did not respond to 39% of the questions and requests presented to the Assembly of the Republic, and that 86 laws approved between 2003 and 2022 remain unregulated – most opposition parties criticized the government's stance towards parliament.

In her opening speech, the Deputy Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Ana Catarina Mendes, updated the figures contained in the report in question, pointing out that, until last week, members of the government had already responded to 79% of the questions addressed to him in the last legislative session.

Anticipating the criticisms concerning the "conduct" of the PS at the hearings of members of the Government, Ana Catarina Mendes also added that, since the beginning of this legislature, there have already been "219 presences of members of the Government in committee" and "270 plenary attendance", which corresponds to "97 members of the Government per month in this house".

“We are available, in the Government, for the ballot, for the hearings, for the demands, for the questions which are asked, for the draft resolutions, for the regulation of the laws which must be made”, assured the minister.

Dismissing the guarantees left by the minister, PSD deputy Joaquim Pinto Moreira accused the socialist executive of “an obvious and progressive lack of democratic culture”.

“For the PSD, the assessment that we consider appropriate concerns the current legislative session and a government that shows clear signs of democratic intolerance, abuse of power and lack of respect for other sovereign bodies. (…) It is the mark of the PS in six months of governance, which makes us fear the worst for the remaining years of the legislature, ”he criticized.

For Chega, deputy Pedro Frazão accused the current government of "living very badly with the control and independence of sovereign bodies, control bodies and regulatory bodies".

“The crude majority is moving on, passing phantom laws that, out of step with reality, only further confuse the national legal maze. In fact, it is not Enough that is populist, it is this government that is populist, ”he defended himself.

Left Bloc MP José Soeiro accused the government of seeking to "prevent parliamentary control of the government, prevent government officials from appearing in committees", using "totally unjustifiable arguments".

“There are eight ministers who have already been prevented from coming to parliament that the deputies wanted to hear, and it is a way of preventing control and it is a way of exercising absolute power,” he said. He underlines.

The parliamentary leader of the Liberal Initiative (IL), Rodrigo Saraiva, considered that the results contained in the debated reports "are what was expected of these socialist governments, namely proof that they like to push from the belly or almost nothing to clarify and to elude answers”.

"Each time they swear transparency, they miss the truth, each time they announce the dialogue, they reinforce the monologue, each time they guarantee not to transform the absolute majority into absolute power, that's the steamroller" , he estimated.

PCP deputy Bruno Dias spoke of the “unacceptable number” of laws that remain to be regulated, believing that this situation constitutes a “sandwich veto on the part of the Government on the laws passed”, but also “a practice of false advertising”. .

There are laws, "sometimes resulting from the Government's own bills, which the Government itself does not regulate, that is to say what remains said for unsaid, or rather, what is said for not done,” he criticized.

The only member of the PAN, Inês de Sousa Real, defended that the executive "should also gain from being an open government", deeming "incomprehensible that, on the one hand, the government remains with its back turned" to Parliament and that t is “incomprehensible that, on the one hand, the Government remains with its back turned” to Parliament and that it is “incomprehensible that, on the one hand, the Government remains with its back turned” to Parliament. bad pupil as regards the concretization of the initiatives which it allows to the Assembly of the Republic”.

The deputy for Livre, Rui Tavares, also considered that the figures in the report are a sign that we must be "very concerned about what is to come", calling on the government to take "a first step", otherwise the deputies that they are "working to warm up".

Responding to criticism, the PS deputy Pedro Delgado Alves pointed out that the eight hearings of ministers that were "failed" by the Socialists correspond to 15% of the requests that were made in this legislature, which testifies that "there is regular presence of government deputies in the Assembly”.

Pedro Delgado Alves also underlined that "there are still possibilities for the parliamentary groups to be able to guarantee the right of parliamentary control, which passes through the potestative rights".

“How many rights have you, gentlemen, already used in this legislative session of this legislature to secure it? Have your regimental rights been reduced? They weren't! (…) [Há] opening of the PS even if it means increasing the number of statutory rights for the arrival of members of the Government in this parliament, but clearly those already available have not been used”, he criticized.

In the last intervention, Ana Catarina Mendes called for not using a debate that aims to "deepen democracy", to "throw stones at democracy".


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