Jorge Coelho, the socialist bulldozer who was radical and moderate and a friend of his friend (and even of his opponents)
“António, I’m going to resign,” he informed the prime minister and friend on the tragic night. “Don’t do that, Jorge. You are not to blame for what happened ”. It was not the fault, but it was the responsibility. Turn off. He abandoned a dinner with friends and went on foot alone in Oeiras. He made a balance of life, the decision was made. He called the press officer and had an unexpected press conference called for three in the morning. Only then did he speak to António Guterres again, everything was already underway, it was irrevocable: “There is no other way. Such a thing requires a radical stance. There are many dead, man, ”I told him, according to the dialogue reproduced in his biography by the journalist Fernando Esteves. “We have to set an example. If I don’t go out, it turns against you ”. And then he announced to a country unaccustomed to gestures of this breadth, that he was resigning as Minister of Social Equipment because “guilt cannot die unmarried”. But, were it not for him, he would die: without making his decision, no one would be held responsible later in court for the failures of the State.
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