First woman president of Funchal

… as further delays beset questioning of corruption suspects

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The headline of today’s edition of JM highlights that the defendants in the judicial operation that swept Madeira and several areas of the country are still waiting to be questioned. At the same time, the vice-president is preparing to be the first woman to assume the presidency of Funchal. 

Yesterday, documentary delays once again postponed the first interrogation until tomorrow, at 2 pm, a fact that led to criticism from the defence. The length of detention will even exceed that of those involved in operation Influencer, which caused the fall of Prime Ministers Costa’s government.

Preparation for the first woman president of Funchal.

Also noteworthy is one of the consequences of this political earthquake, with the resignation of Pedro Calado, throwing Cristina Pedra into history. The mayor will resign from his mandate and the vice-president is preparing to be the first woman to assume the presidency of Funchal.

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7 thoughts on “First woman president of Funchal”

  1. Admin, I’m confused, it seems the mayor, Pedro Calado, has resigned although elsewhere it is reported no one has seen the actual letter, I fail to see how his resignation has any bearing on the lady becoming President of the Regional Authority. I’ve looked but failed to find any information regarding the political party or what political connection with the the ex President the lady has, if any. Was her position as deputy awarded through a vote of the assembly, was it a choice of the ex-Governor, is she a member of Albuquerque’s party? In yet another report, on Monday it seems the Regional Council will choose and appoint the new president, while a further story mentions several regional Secretary’s up for the post.

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    • … It’s confusing because it’s not been properly translated ,, Cristina Pedra would become the Mayor of “Funchal” after Pedro Calado loses the position or resigns ,, Not President of Madeira as written here …

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    • It is all quite straightforward George – unusual for Portugal! Cristina Pedra’s only involvement in politics is at the municipal (not Regional) level, where she is described as “Vice President” of Funchal. Confusingly, her now disgraced boss variously described himself as both the Mayor and the President of Funchal. In fact their own website still has Pedro Calado on their own web site as “President” https://www.funchal.pt/municipio/camara-municipal/ – which I suppose is technically correct until the authority receives his letter of resignation, although his own lawyer has confirmed his resignation: https://www.madeiraislanddirect.com/blog/2024/01/mystery-resignation-letter/

      Colado’s own Facebook page still confirms him as Presidente at Câmara Municipal do Funchal

      The Regional Council will choose and appoint the new president of PSD-M, Albuquerque’s own party, today.

      All three individuals here have allegiance to the same party – PSD-M – although Mayors of Funchal tend to play this down in their everyday roles. Colado was very much being lined up as Albuquerques successor in the PSD – Madeira

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      • Wow, now that is straight forward. I haven’t found any story telling me of the new PSD-M leader being chosen. If and/or when it is decided, will that individual, be Mayor/President of Funchal?

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  2. This sort of ” misinformation” is standard in this sort of thing, if media,can’t get information,it regularly surmises or even makes it up, to get a better front page headline than its rivals, as Randolph Hurst would say, ” Headlines sell newspapers” or in this day and age ” get us out front,in the digital world”
    With the potential amount of corruption here, I’m surprised anyone other than a deputy would be stepping forward, this lady,gets it by default!! Let’s see if she takes it up!

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  3. I’m as sure as can be,that the fruit tree, has not stopped being shaken yet, these are large ( very) organisations, its the heads of them,that are under scrutiny, and they are mainly figureheads, who colluded in these frauds at lower levels of the structures, for instance, the President does not chair the committees that pass what ever is on the agenda, whether that be planning,finance,catering, awarding contracts for the miroid of things a government has to deliver. This still has a lot of legs to run!! Please note I’m not suggesting anything here,other than making comment about my experiences of these structures, including corporate ones.

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