Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Portugal Elects Socialist Government

The elections saw the biggest turn out (65% voters) since the 1974 Portuguese Revolution. The vast majority of voters rejected the last 2 years of vicious neo-liberal policies carried out by the coalition of the Liberals (PPD/PSD) and Conservatives (CDS-PP).

All the left parties grew, both in total votes and by their number of MPs.

The PS (Socialist Party) got a solid majority of 119 MPs, and therefore the party’s General Secretary, José Sócrates, will be the next prime minister. But the Communist Party/Green Party coalition also increased its MPs. Going from 13 to 14 seats; the Left Bloc won a spectacular increase in votes, and jumped from 3 to 8 MPs”.

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