The center-right in Portugal: coming first, without quite winning

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he president of the Portuguese Social Democratic Party (PSD) and Prime Minister, Pedro Passos Coelho (R), follows on TV the first results of the legislative elections, Lisbon, Portugal, 04 October 2015. About nine million Portuguese voted in the Parliamentary elections, with the austerity policies of the ruling conservatives being the centre of contention in a country struck hard by the recent economic crisis.

The center-right in Portugal: coming first, without quite winning


Portugal’s center-right coalition has won the chance to form a government. That is not “another term” and that is not exactly “reelection.”

The government managed to hold onto 37% of the vote. That is the ceiling of the right in Portugal.  That amounts to 99 seats in a 220 seat parliament.

The opposition Socialists got 32% (85 seats). The Socialists will have to support the government. And the government will stand only as long as it is tolerated. But, they remain in opposition.

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