LISBON (Reuters) – A senior Portuguese authorities official stop on Thursday over accusations of misconduct in choosing his cousin as his deputy, in an escalation of a wider nepotism row that would undermine the ruling Socialists forward of an election in October.
Carlos Martins, who ranks No. 2 within the Atmosphere Ministry as secretary of state, resigned a day after his cousin, Armindo Alves, stepped down.
In an announcement, Martins stated he had stop to forestall the controversy damaging the federal government and the ruling occasion.
Prime Minister Antonio Costa’s minority authorities has been closely criticized by opposition leaders in latest weeks after media highlighted household ties in a minor reshuffle final month.
Costa acknowledged final week that it was a “query of ethics if somebody appoints a relative”, but additionally stated that being a relative of a authorities or occasion member didn’t essentially disqualify somebody from performing official capabilities.
The cupboard features a husband and spouse – Inside Minister Eduardo Cabrita and Sea Minister Ana Paula Vitorino – and a father and daughter – Labour Minister Jose Antonio Vieira da Silva and Presidency Minister Mariana Vieira da Silva.
The spouse of Infrastructure Minister Pedro Nuno Santos can be chief of workers to the secretary of state for parliamentary affairs.
Opposition chief Rui Rio instructed the state information company Lusa that if the “Socialist household” sacked everybody who was associated to another person within the occasion or authorities, “then at a sure level there’ll be just a few left”.
The newspaper Jornal Economico reported on Tuesday that 27 folks within the Socialist authorities had household ties to at least one one other, to present or former lawmakers or to occasion leaders.
The Socialists lead surveys of voting intentions for October’s common election at 37-38 %, properly forward of the center-right opposition however in need of a parliamentary majority.
Modifying by Andrei Khalip and Kevin Liffey