The minister of economy dismissed João Neves and will do the same with Rita Marques over disagreements with IRC. António Costa prepares a mini reshuffle.
The minister of economy António Costa Silva has this morning dismissed his secretary of state, João Neves, ECO confirmed after the news advanced by Jornal de Negócios. Secretary of State for Tourism, Rita Marques, will also leave the Executive, confirmed ECO. But the changes will not stop there and the prime minister will take the opportunity to make a mini-remodelling, now that the State Budget has already been approved.
The changes may also include changes to the Ministry of Finance, which may gain an additional secretary of state after the division of the functions currently performed by João Nuno Mendes.
The decision that led to the resignation of the secretaries of state for the economy and tourism has to do with disagreements with the minister, namely the tax policy that the government should follow for companies.
However, the successors of João Neves and Rita Marques are already known. For the secretary of state for the economy, the prime minister has appointed Pedro Miguel Ferreira Jorge Cilínio. Nuno Jorge Cardona Fazenda de Almeida will be the new secretary of state for tourism, according to a statement published this afternoon on the official website of the Portuguese Presidency. The swearing-in will take place next Friday, December 2, at the Palácio de Belém.
(article last updated at 7h09 pm)