President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa won a second term on Sunday in an election marked by record abstention as the country battles a crippling third wave of coronavirus contagion.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, a center-right moderate and former leader of Portugal’s Social Democratic Party, to serve a second and final 5-year term.
Former TV commentator Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa scored a resounding victory in Portugal presidential election on Sunday.
Official results showed the incumbent president winning around 61% percent of the vote. The lead is enough for Rebelo de Sousa to secure another 5-year term and avoid a runoff election.
Portugal’s president was returned to office for a second term Sunday, in an election held amid a devastating COVID-19 surge that has made the European country the worst in the world for cases and deaths.
Andre Ventura attracted curiosity as the first extremist to break into Portuguese mainstream politics. Ventura, 37, could conceivably place second, likely far behind Rebelo de Sousa but drawing a level of support that until recently was unthinkable. Results expected midnight.
Portuguese were thinking of postponed of election amid covid cases. But election on Sunday bring the nation close to End of election.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, 72, is regarded as the clear front-runner among seven candidates. He is an affable, approachable law professor and former television personality who, as president, has consistently had an approval rating of 60% or more.
To win, a candidate must capture more than 50% of the vote. But a severe surge in coronavirus infections in recent days could keep turnout low and perhaps lead to a run-off between the two top candidates, which would take place on 14 February.
Portugal has increased polling stations and allowed for early voting to reduce crowding on election day.
Portugal has 10.8 million registered voters, some 1.5 million of them living abroad.