“Ten years too long.” Marcelo’s exhaustion

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa is in his seventh year as president since January, and the number seven (nothing to do with CR7 or Qatar) is magic in the head of state’s mind. 20 years ago, when he was still leading the PSD, Marcelo began to establish a principle according to which the president should have one term and not more than seven years. In January 2014, he enthusiastically put it in a conversation with Judith de Sousa on TVI – “Ten years is too much for a president”. Although at the time it was an analysis of Cavaco Silva’s presidency, which was nearing its end in the bitter streets, the then commentator’s optimism fits effortlessly today with the question of what is happening in Marcelo.

The color palette of the commentary is astounding: the president has belittled himself and his activism, he has squandered gravitas, he talks and doesn’t score, few people take him seriously, one reads that he is drowning. In words, he doesn’t mean what he says, but doesn’t want to say it, he’s old and tired, he’s like an entertainer, he does things he shouldn’t and says he doesn’t. He only uses the immense power (does he have it?) to “help old women cross the street”. The poll doesn’t confirm the quake, but rather, pending studies on the effects of the president’s gaffes on human rights or church abuses in Qatar, the drop recorded by Aximage in October left him the most popular politician at more than 60%. . But the number seven theory stands and Marcelo backs it up.

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