Saturday, April 23, 2011

Neither the financial crisis can Socrates

It seems that nor the crisis may have surrendered to the rescue with the popularity of Prime Minister luso, Jose Socrates. According to a survey released by the "Diário Económico" and the radio TSF, the Portuguese Socialists up 11% ahead of the elections on June 5, reaching 36% in voting intentions, a point ahead of rivals political, social democrats (PSD) by Pedro Passos Coelho.

Since he was elected party leader in March last year, the Socialists had not led any of the surveys conducted by Marktest. However, recent events have ended up favoring the prime minister. And that the March 23 resigned from his post, leaving the country politically adrift, a fact which was exploited by the rating agencies, which savaged Portugal consecutively down the valuation of banks and public companies to levels very close to those of the junk bond.

Socrates has resisted pressure from the opposition, who accuse him of "political arrogance" and of not seeking the bailout in the autumn of last year, when interest rates on sovereign debt lusa approaching 7%. The prime minister's speech, insistent and repetitive, that the country could come only from the financial crisis, has been branded by his main political rivals of "personal stubbornness." At times it seemed the political end of Socrates, but days after his resignation, was elected secretary general of his party over 90% of the vote.

Nobody within the Socialists tried to oust the prime minister at the lowest point of his popularity. Socrates was presented at the European Council in March to head up, using the discourse of victimization and blaming the opposition party. Both German Chancellor Angela Merkel's closest political ideology Passos Coelho, as the president of the European Commission, José Manuel Durão Barroso, Portuguese belonging to the PSD, sided with Socrates and not support the decision of Parliament reject the fourth adjustment plan presented by the socialist government after having negotiated with European institutions.

Now it is the citizens who seem to reproach-with their voting intentions Passos-Coelho's position, he decided to reject the plan, arguing that he would not ask for more sacrifices from the Portuguese. They were very unhappy so his statements, just two days after the vote, recognizing that in case of coming to Prime Minister did not rule out tax increases.

Passos Coelho is also in favor of allowing dismissal without just cause and the privatization of national health system. His party has also advocated the cessation of construction of the AVE Madrid-Lisboa. So, his popularity has fallen. Who are the worse it is young, with 60% of negative opinions, and the wealthier classes, with 57% against.

Yet, according to the survey released on Thursday, has increased the number of undecided voters to 36%, so this tie between the two main parties in the country, yet nothing has been decided and the next presidential campaign will be critical. Meanwhile, representatives of the IMF, the EC and the ECB negotiate the terms of the bailout estimated at 80,000 million euros.

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