The regional government of the Portuguese island of Madeira sharply criticized the doubts voiced by the federal authorities regarding the legality of renaming of the island’s airport in honor of Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.
“They're trying to say that the legitimate, democratically elected government of Madeira has no right to change the name of an airport, which belongs to our region and is funded from the taxes of Madeira residents. They are probably kidding”, — European edition of Politico quotes the statement of Chairman of the regional government, Miguel Albuquerque.
Albuquerque’s statement was a response to the opinion voiced by the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, Pedro Marques, who questioned the legality of the decision of the Madeira authorities. According to him, the authorities of the Madeira did not conducted consultation with the Ministry on this subject.