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Portugal's ruling Socialists win election without outright majority

Portugal's ruling Socialists win election without outright majority”

The Socialists, however, are 10 seats short of a majority in the 230-seat parliament.

Gaining twenty more seats from 2015, the party commanded a vote share of 35.88 per cent.

After coming to power in 2015, Costa, 58, undid some of the unpopular austerity measures introduced by the previous PSD-led government in return for a 78-billion-euro ($85 billion) global bailout that kept finances afloat after Portugal was clobbered by the eurozone debt crisis.

Mr Costa said he was delighted with the result and added that voters had shown they wanted stability.

(AP Photo/Armando Franca). A Socialist Party supporter has her picture taken by the statue of Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa while waiting for the arrival of Prime Minister and Socialist Party leader Antonio Costa for an election campaign action in do.

He said his prospective government will continue its efforts to improve debt-heavy Portugal's public finances - a key achievement in his first term that endeared him to the Portuguese and to other European leaders keen to avoid a repeat of the continent's recent financial crisis.

But economic troubles are brewing in Europe, and once the election results were known the radical Left Bloc and Portuguese Communist Party - the most obvious candidates for an alliance - were quick to issue demands for more spending.

A bargain with all the People-Animals-Nature (PAN) celebration is this election potential new situation.

President Marcelo Rebelo de Souza is at possibility of expect assurances from the parties that the resolution may per chance well be an enduring one.

In 2015, it took less than two months for Costa, whose party had come in second behind the PSD, to strike an unexpected alliance with two far-left, Eurosceptic parties and be sworn in as prime minister.

The Left Bloc, which had won 17 seats in the incomplete count, said it was ready to open negotiations with the Socialists on a government program.

The Socialists (PS) took 36.65% of the vote, followed by the centre-right Social Democrats (PSD) with 27.9%, according to near-total results released by the interior ministry early on Monday.

Portugal is expected to record its lowest budget deficit in 45 years of democratic history this year, but a series of scandals, including a nepotism row, have hit the Socialists' ratings.

"We got stronger from this election and we will be able to continue with our policies", said 25-year-old supporter Miguel Matos. The economy is on course to grow 1.9% in 2019, above the European Union average, helped by export growth and a booming tourism industry.

A frequent question asked in Portugal ahead of Sunday's general election is not whether the incumbent Socialist Party will win, but by how big a margin. But those seats are not enough for the Socialists to govern with them alone. "I still wish it was more, because the country needs to move quickly to tackle the climate emergency", PAN supporter Paulo Santos, 43, said at the party's evening rally.

The a long way-factual Chega elected one lawmaker - the well-known time a much-factual celebration purchased a seat in Portugal's parliament for the reason that end of the dictatorship in 1974.



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