Portugal’s new president, Anibal Cavaco Silva, is due to be officially sworn in today. The former prime minister is the first centre-right politician to be head of state since Portugal’s 1974 revolution. He replaces the outgoing Socialist Jorge Sampaio.
Cavaco Silva spoke to EuroNews about his priorities.
“Portugal’s big challenge is to achieve a level of economic development that’s close to the average in the European Union,” he said. “Its role is also to contribute to the construction of Europe, while paying attention to the problems and worries of European citizens.
“Another important thing Portugal has to offer is the ability to mediate with Africa, Brazil, Latin America and the other side of the Atlantic. These are the positive things Portugal can bring to the EU.”
Portuguese presidents appoint prime ministers and can dissolve parliament, but the post is largely seen as ceremonial.