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PS party local election landslide, no change in Lisbon and Porto

by TPN/ Lusa, in News · 02-10-2017 11:24:00 · 0 Comments

The Portuguese ruling Socialist Party (PS) has won at least 157 of the 308 mayoral seats across the country in Sunday’s local elections, according to official results published by the Ministry of the Interior. The mayors of Lisbon and Porto were re-elected.

PS party local election landslide, no change in Lisbon and Porto

 

Fernando Medina kept the PS in power in Lisbon, but lost the majority that his predecessor, António Costa, now the Prime Minister, gained back in 2013.

 

In Porto independent candidate Rui Moreira was re-elected as mayor with an absolute majority.

 

Controversial independent candidate Isaltino Morais, who in 2013 was convicted of tax fraud and money laundering, won the election in Oeiras (an affluent town on the outskirts of Lisbon) with an absolute majority of 41.65% of the vote.

 

Morais was mayor of Oeiras for more than 20 years until he was sent to jail in 2013.

 

Of the 303 mayors elected at the last count at 5 am., 157 are PS, 78 from the Social Democratic party (PSD), 24 from the Communist party and Green Party coalition CDU (PCP-PEV), six from the right-wing CDS-PP, 17 independents, one from JPP and one from Nós, Cidadãos! (We, the Citizens!).

 

The PSD/CDS-PP coalitions took 15 local authorities and two mayors were elected as part of PSD/CDS-PP/PPM coalitions, one for a PSD/CDS-PP/MPT/PPM coalition and one for a Livre/PS alliance.

 

Five local authorities have yet to be called.

 

The result is the PS party’s best ever in teh local elections, but may have repercussions on its informal coalition agreement with leftist parties PCP and Bloco de Esquerda, which fared poorly, losing a number of seats to PS.

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Edition 1454
16 December 2017
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