The Socialist Party of Prime Minister Antonio Costa won the local elections in Portugal on Sunday. Despite their success on a national scale, they have failed in several large cities. A surprise is only the eighth place of the Left Bloc – the third strength of the unicameral parliament.
Socialists won over 38.1 percent of the vote. Despite their success on a national scale, they have failed in several large cities. It is likely that the Socialist Party of Prime Minister Antonio Costa will lose its leadership in Lisbon, the capital of the country, to a coalition of center-right groups.
Almost 60% turnout
Second place in Sunday’s vote was taken by the center-right Social Democratic Party (PSD), led by the former mayor of Porto Rui Rio. 30 percent of voters voted for it.
The coalition of communists and the Greens called the CDU, as well as the union of independent candidates, INDP, came next. They received the support of 6.3 and 5 percent, respectively.
The surprise of the elections is only the eighth seat of the third force of the unicameral Portuguese parliament, the Left Bloc (BE). This far-left group was backed by only 1.6 percent of voters. Almost 59 percent of those eligible to vote took part in the local elections in Portugal on Sunday.
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