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Portugal: Left Bloc wins 5% in presidential election

Issue No. 1985

In last Sunday’s Portuguese presidential election, Francisco Louça, the radical Left Bloc candidate, gained 5.3 percent.

Jorge Duarte Costa, of the Left Bloc, said, “Cavaco Silva was elected with 50.6 percent. Cavaco focused his campaign on ‘strategical cooperation’ with the Socialist Party, similar to the Labour Party, government.

“The Socialist Party’s official candidate Manuel Soares got 14 percent, beaten by Maunel Alegre, who gathered votes because he was seen as independent and had a left wing aura, although he has supported the government.“

“Left Bloc militants had reasons to celebrate. It was an unforgettable campaign, with some of the biggest meetings of the far left since the 1974 revolution against the dictatorship. Francisco Louça received almost 300,000 votes, the second best result for the Left Bloc in its seven years of existence.

“There are no more elections in Portugal for three years. This election has stabilised the political elite for a while. It is time for the left to mobilise.”


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International
Sat 28 Jan 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1985
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