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Portugal to hold presidential election

Other News Materials 23 January 2011 05:17
Six candidates are running in Portugal's presidential election due Sunday, RIA Novosti reported.
Portugal to hold presidential election

Six candidates are running in Portugal's presidential election due Sunday, RIA Novosti reported.

The two main contenders are 71-year-old conservative President Anibal Cavaco Silva, who appears set to be re-elected in the first round, and 74-year-old Manuel Alegre, leader of the ruling Socialist Party.

The incumbent, backed by the Social Democratic Party, is supported by 54.6% of voters, and Alegre by 22.8%, according to opinion polls.

A total of 9.65 million nationals are eligible voters, but experts predict a low voter turnout.

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