“I swear on my honor to faithfully perform the functions in which I am invested and defend, comply and enforce the Constitution of the Portuguese Republic,” said Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa took office this Tuesday for a second term as President of the Republic, swearing before Parliament to carry out his duties faithfully and defend the Constitution. The Head of State was re-elected last January with the second-best result of Portuguese democracy and enters the new mandate in a context of uncertainties generated by the pandemic.
“I swear on my honor to faithfully perform the functions in which I am invested and defend, comply and enforce the Constitution of the Portuguese Republic”, declared Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, making the declaration of commitment.
The retired professor, 72 years old, swore again the Constitution of the Portuguese Republic in the presence of 100 people, including 50 of the 230 deputies.
“Today, as five years ago, Portugal is the only reason for the solemn commitment that I have just assumed. And to say Portugal is to say the Portuguese. Because a homeland is much more than the place where we were born ”, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said, in the first intervention of his second term.
“A country is above all people, and in it, every person counts. Diverse, different, unrepeatable. Portugal is the Portuguese, ”he said.
Thus, the Portuguese are the reason why Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa makes this commitment, “starting with those who need it most: the homeless; those with a roof but without adequate housing; those my age, or older, but who live in homes or at home in solitude or cared for by formal or informal caregivers; poor pensioners and pensioners; the unemployed in lay-off; precarious workers and entrepreneurs; children, young people, families, teachers, non-teachers run over in two school years; those that save life and health; those who help them to save; those who lose life and health; those who lose loved ones without a farewell to illness and death; those who leave us wanting to return; those who take us in and stay; and those who – and are all – in the diaspora, in the Azores, in Madeira, on the continent, never give up on Portugal ”.
Recalling that, in 2016, there was a “total” division between those “who had borne the Government in crisis and those who had opposed it”, both in ideas and in policies and emotions, and in a troubled phase for Europe, the President highlighted the way in which Portugal “would come out of the excessive deficit process” and “would take important steps in budgetary balance, in internationalization, in digital, in exports, in tourism, in innovation and in some agricultural change”, as well as in alleviating poverty and social differences.
“Less predictable” times followed, with a pandemic “which would no longer stop harassing everyone and everything”.
Source : RTP