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Posted by portugalpress on May 17, 2018

Portugal’s socialist (PS) and communist (PCP) parties have vowed to present a joint draft resolution urging the government to build a new prison in the Algarve.

The project has been in the pipeline for over 30 years and there is even a plot of land in São Bartolomeu de Messines, Silves that was earmarked for the new prison, but the plans have never moved forward.

The two parties each presented their own draft resolutions on Wednesday (May 16) which were approved with the abstention of PSD. Social-democrat MP Carlos Peixoto is hesitant and believes that history will repeat itself, stressing that multiple governments have planned to build the prison without ever acting on their plans.

According to Lusa news agency, left-wing party Bloco de Esquerda and centre-right party CDS-PP have also stressed the need to modernise the Portuguese prison system.

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com

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