Forecast suggests re-election of Portugal’s president


Over a third of voters in Portugal defied coronation and elected president on Sunday.

The president of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, has apparently been re-elected to his second five-year term.

It shows forecasts from Portuguese media.

According to forecasts, the 72-year-old president will get somewhere between 57 and 62 percent of the vote in Sunday’s presidential election.

Rebelo de Sousa must have at least 50 percent of the vote to avoid running for a second and decisive ballot against one of its opponents.

It was expected in advance that the president would be re-elected. Most excitement relates to how much support there is for his challenger from the far right, Andre Ventura.

He looks set to finish third behind left-wing candidate Ana Gomes, who is in second place. None of them, however, seem to get more than 16 percent support.

Rebelo de Sousa, representing the center-right, was a political commentator before entering politics.

He is known as an approachable and popular figure who, among other things, stands in a supermarket queue in shorts, shares a meal with a homeless person or jumps into the sea to help a couple of girls whose canoes were capsized.

In Portugal, the president has limited political power over parliament and government, but is an influential voice.

Despite the fact that Portugal has been partially shut down due to the corona pandemic, turnout appears to be roughly on a par with the election five years ago.

On Sunday, Portugal was able to report the highest number of corona deaths to date.

In the past week, over 85,000 new cases of infection and almost 1,500 deaths among the 10 million inhabitants have been confirmed.

– To those who can and will vote: overcome your fears, was the message from Rebelo de Sousa when he himself voted.

At 4 p.m. local time, just over 35 percent of voters had voted. It is only slightly less than at the last election.

The final election result is expected ready Monday night.

/ ritzau / AFP


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