Cavaco ‘convinced’ country won’t suffer from PM arrest

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The president of Portugal said on Wednesday that the arrest of former prime minister Jose Socrates would not affect the country’s image, noting that anyone who looks at Portugal would see that the institutions “are working completely normally “.

“I am convinced that this image is not going to alter significantly, I even hope that it does not alter at all because those who look at us can see the institutions are working normally in our country, I do not believe Portugal’s image is going to be changed abroad”, Aníbal Cavaco Silva told reporters in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates.

The former prime minister, Jose Socrates is being held on remand in Evora prison after being questioned for the first time. Jose Socrates is the first prime minster in Portugal’s democracy to be held in prison, charged with tax fraud, Money laundering and corruption.