Victory: Portugal's new Prime Minister, Pedro Passos Coelho (photo:dpa)

Economics: Tough times ahead as Portugal swings right

The Portuguese gave their verdict in the general election with a convincing swing to the right. But the new centre-right coalition government has a tough time ahead meeting the demands of the EU rescue package. A GIS expert explains what the result means

THE outcome of the Portuguese legislative elections was clear: After six years of socialist government the country swung right with a convincing victory.


The centre-right social democrats, the Partido Social Democrata (PSD), were the winners with 38.6 per cent of the votes and an extra 24 seats, taking it to 105 seats in parliament. The ruling socialists of prime minister Jose Soc...

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The abstention rate, at 41 per cent, was the highest at a general election in Portugal
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