Anibal Cavaco Silva
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The next government will face an unprecedented economic and financial crisis. The country's difficulties are so deep that nobody can have any illusion that they will disappear from one day to the next.
I will be an active president, and I'll loyally cooperate with every branch of the state to support the major national strategies. In the immediate future, the priorities will be to fight the cancer of unemployment, contain our foreign debt, and reinforce the competitiveness of our economy.
There are moments in the life of a country when ethical responsibility has to be placed above one's personal convictions.
I feel I should not contribute to a pointless extension of this debate, which would only serve to deepen the divisions between the Portuguese and divert the attention of politicians away from the grave problems affecting us.
Hope based on a desire of building a Portugal that's more fraternal and united.
Portugal's big challenge is to achieve a level of economic development that's close to the average in the European Union. Its role is also to contribute to the construction of Europe, while paying attention to the problems and worries of European citizens.
But if productivity is currently low, that doesn't mean that Portuguese workers aren't doing a good job. On the contrary, they are. The situation is not their fault.
I want my victory to be that of Portugal. Throughout my campaign I've said that what mattered to me was the well-being of the Portuguese people. I hope I'm worthy of the trust they've placed in me.