The same source stated that the inauguration would take place “soon,” and clarified that the membership of the executive branch would not change, leaving Sidi responsible for health and sports.
The new leader, who specializes in internal medicine, was deputy chair of the PSD parliamentary group in the Legislative Assembly of the Azores between 2016 and 2020.
He is currently the Deputy Chief of the PSD/Azores and Hospital Assistant in Internal Medicine at Santo Espiritu Hospital in Terceira Island.
Monica Sidi will replace Clelio Meneses, who resigned from the post citing “exclusive political reasons”, “irreconcilable differences” and “cascading interference”.
He himself explained his reasons to the Lusa Agency. “I submitted, on the 16th of February, which I repeated on the 2nd of March, to the President of the Government of the Azores, the request to resign from my duties as Provincial Minister of Health and Sports, which was accepted today, the 4th of March,” Clelio Meneses advances in a statement sent to Llosa.
The Minister of Health and Sports has so far thanked the head of government of the Azores, José Manuel Bolero, for his “personal solidarity” and the “opportunity” to “contribute to the improvement of the living conditions of the citizens”, but justifies the resignation with “purely political reasons”.
“I am doing this for purely political reasons, on the basis of irreconcilable and insurmountable differences, which are evidenced by the successive interventions in the exercise of the position to which I have been appointed, which make it difficult, if not prevent, to carry out the complex task of managing the sector,” explained the governor. The former who integrated psd lists.
Cleo Meneses stressed that there are no “ideal times to end the political mandate,” but said he was “convinced” that these are the “appropriate conditions” to leave the executive in Azure, noting that “all issues related to the political mandate have been resolved. The management of hospitals and health units.”
The social democrat also highlighted the results of “negotiations and preparation of legislation on the health professions” and “the process of changing the medical supplementary work system” and the preparation of a proposal for a new regional health plan.
“I am convinced that these are the appropriate conditions for the decision I make, bearing in mind, on the one hand, the personal limits resulting from the exhaustion of the function and the abnormal conditions in which it was carried out, and on the other hand the demand for the stability of the epidemic process.”
Among the work done, the outgoing Minister of Health also highlighted “changes in financing fire brigades” and the definition of “a new paradigm for the development of sports and physical activity.”
“I did everything in my power to consolidate the current political project to change Azorean society, based on the political agreements that support it, and this decision is also a contribution to preserving this rule with the necessary stability and partisan support,” he affirmed.
Clelio Meneses argues that public office should be held “for the sole purpose of ensuring the common good, with separate personal interests, strategies, and agendas and with a sense of responsibility” when accepting and leaving office.
He notes, “I will remain an attentive and civic-obligated citizen, but with the detachment of not maintaining any regular political or sectoral involvement. Each time has its framework and its record. The next will have other designs, destinations, and accomplishments.”
Clelio Meneses also extends “profound thanks” to his family, friends, team and all the professionals with whom he collaborated during the two years and three months of his assignments.
The social democrat has been in charge of the health file in the government of the Azores since taking office in November 2020.
The Azure executive is supported in parliament by the government parties, IL, Chega and an independent deputy.
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