Socialist Party member caught painting her nails during State Budget debate

Isabel Moreira. Photo by Rafael Marchante of Reuters

Meetings can be boring, but when it comes to a debate surrounding Portugal’s State budget, Socialist Party member Isabel Moreira takes the opportunity to paint her nails.

Whether she was multitasking or not, Moreira wanted her nails to look good at the Parliament debate in Lisbon. The photo was snapped by Reuters photographer Rafael Marchante, who uploaded the image to Facebook.

In the same debate, Finance Minister Mário Centeno announced that the Petroleum Products Tax (ISP) will go down. The tax level that prevailed before the last increase in 2016 will be restored.

This Monday is the first of two days of debate for the general the proposal of the State Budget for 2019.

Since 2011 Moreira has been a member of the Assembly of the Republic as an independent member of the Socialist Party, where she is a member of several parliamentary committees.

Between October 2014 and June 2015, she was a commentator on the Barca do Inferno program at RTP Informação.

According to PT Jornal, “Isabel Moreira, it is remembered, has been involved in controversies in recent times when affirming that the new minister of the Culture, Graça Fonseca, ‘is the first lesbian outside the closet.'”

Two weeks ago, Moreira praised the choice of Graça Fonseca for the Ministry of Culture as the “first lesbian minister outside the cabinet in Portugal” and was criticized for doing so in Social Networks.

The Social Democratic party also reacted to the politician’s statements, lamenting that for Isabel Moreira, sexual orientation is a “criterion of choice.” The comments then led Moreira to write a new post stressing that Graça Fonseca was chosen for her “competence, rigor, intelligence and seriousness.”

For her part, Fonseca was instrumental in organizing Portugal’s GovTech initiative, which was the first government contest that used blockchain technology to choose the winners of a contest.

Read More: Portugal’s GovTech uses blockchain to select 6 projects in contest for UN sustainability goals

Applications started in early May for all startups with projects fitting into the 17 sustainable development goals set by the United Nations for 2030, according to Portugal Startups.

Each project registered earned “GovTechs,” which were virtual voting units that they could use to “invest” in the projects they liked best.

The virtual voting units — the GovTechs — acted like a cryptocurrency and were powered by blockchain technology.

“The truth is that in three weeks, we received more than one hundred applications and we reached this stage of selection of the six finalists with a final number of 113 candidates. It was in a relatively short time to submit applications,” said Fonseca at the time.

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