Portugal's President Rebelo de Sousa wins second termEuropost
President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has been re-elected for a second five-year term in Portugal's presidential election in the first round, according to official results from the electoral commission, news wires reported.
With 99% of the votes counted, the 72-year-old conservative politician and former TV journalist and law professor received 61% of the votes on Sunday, the electoral commission announced. Five years ago, he had received some 52% of the vote. Rebelo de Sousa avoided a run-off on 14 February against the runner-up because he won over 50% of the vote.
According to the forecasts, former member of the European Parliament and Socialist candidate Ana Gomes came in second with 12.7%, ahead of the leader of the right-wing populist party Chega! (Enough!), Andre Ventura on 11.9%.
Turnout was poor at about 40%, which was attributed to the coronavirus pandemic, even dipping below a record low turnout of 46.5% presidential elections in 2011.
Rebelo de Sousa is highly credited for the fact that, as a conservative politician, he not only criticizes and holds in check the left-wing government of Prime Minister Antonio Costa, but also supports it. He attaches great importance to the political stability of the country.
The head of state has a relatively large amount of power in Portugal. The president can veto laws as well as dissolve parliament and call new elections.