Portugal has a Syriza moment


Leader of the Opposition and Secretary-general of the Portuguese Socialist Party (PS) Antonio Costa looks on after delivering a speech following the election results, which saw winning the coalition of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) with People's Party (CDS/PP), in Lisbon, Portugal, 04 October 2015. About nine million electors in Portugal voted to elect a new government and a new parliament

Portugal has a Syriza moment

On October 4th the Prime Minister of Portugal, Passos Coehlo, felt vindicated. The Portuguese had gone to the polls, delivering his coalition with a majority. However, they did not necessarily deliver him with “another term” and he was not exactly “reelected.”

The government managed to hold onto 37% of the vote, down from a combined vote of 44% in 2011. That is the ceiling for the right in Portugal.  This amounts to 99 in a 220 seat parliament. And this is less than the 116 seats needed to fo...

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