Earlier in the week, the Diário had reported Jardim was going to put forward Sergio Marques, the former MEP, as his candidate for Mayor of Funchal in the elections to be held next year. Bruno Pereira, the current Deputy Mayor, who was being groomed by the Mayor, Miguel Albuquerque, to lead the PSD candidature in the elections, immediately challenged Jardim's choice, saying he would present his own alternative candidature, if necessary as an independent. The majority of the Funchal PSD City Councillors agreed to be on Pereira's list.
Today's Diário announced Miguel Albuquerque would be presenting his candidature for the Madeira PSD party leadership at the forthcoming congress. This is the second time this week that Jardim is challenged from within his own party ranks, and the first time in all his years in power that someone challenges him for party leadership.