The MpD’s reaction comes after the UCID said it would no longer support the once unanimously-approved statute.
Ulisses Correia e Silva refused to regard the about-face as a “survival instinct” on the part of the party in relation to a statute that faced vehement repudiation on the part of Cape Verdean civil society.
But although he declined to comment on the earthquake of public opinion that ended up shaking the foundations of all party support structures, Correia e Silva did toss the hot potato into the PAICV’s side of the field, saying the party currently has “one body and three heads” and is devoid of a “valid interlocutor.” As such, claimed the MpD chairman, “what was a relationship of trust has been jeopardized.”
The MpD leader believes that, with the approval of the bill, the country’s political system, as well as parliament, have been shaken, which explains why his party has pulled out of th negotiation process with regards to the Political Office-Holder Statute.
Ulisses Correia e Silva stressed, nevertheless, that there is still a need to make the parliament operate “under conditions of dignity, considering that it lies at the epicenter of our political system.” He lamented the fact that, during this process, the parliament and its members were blemished from the point of view of public opinion, but said his party remained determined to continue to dignify Cape Verdean democracy.