LISBON, Portugal — The latest on Portugal’s election (all times local):
With 208 seats in the 230-seat parliament awarded in the official count, the Socialists reached 99 seats, compared with 74 for the second-place Social Democratic Party. Social Democrat leader Rui Rio conceded defeat.
The parliament chooses a government, usually taken from the party that has the most lawmakers.
It remained unclear, however, if the Socialists would get a parliamentary majority.
That could mean they would take power as a minority government or pursue a governing alliance with other left-of-
An exit poll indicates the
The estimate, published by the S.I.C. television channel, projects that the Socialists will capture 36-40% of Sunday’s vote. It says the main opposition Social Democratic Party will get 24-28%.
It gives the radical Left Bloc 9-12%, the Portuguese Communist Party 5-7% and the Christian Democrats 2.4-5%
It estimates turnout at 48.5-52.5%, which would be a record low.
The exit poll by Lisbon University’s public survey department was based on asking people leaving polling stations how they had voted. The result was roughly in line with opinion polls published before the election.
Portugal is holding a general election, with the
The Socialists have overseen a strong economic recovery, with unemployment dropping by around half, to 6%, over its term. They have also started straightening out Portugal’s ill-managed public finances.
The main opposition Social Democrats party is still associated with the deep cutbacks and a three-year recession that ended in 2014, when the
Recent opinion polls have indicated that the Socialists will fall short of a majority in parliament. That means they may have to negotiate alliances with smaller left-of-
Sunday’s ballot is open to around 10.8 million eligible voters.
The Associated Press