General Election on 4th October
President Aníbal Cavaco Silva has announced that a general election will be held on 4th October with the campaign period running from 20th September.
In the June 2011 general election the centre-right Social Democratic Party (PSD) won 108 seats (+27) of the 230 seats in the Assembly of the Republic. They went on to form a coalition government with the centre-right CDS – People’s Party (CDS-PP) who took 24 seats (+3).
The centre-left Socialist Party (PS) took 74 seats (-23) and the Left Bloc (BE) dropped half its seats to win just eight seats. The only other group to win representation was the Democratic Unitarian Coalition (CDU) an alliance of the Portuguese Communist Party (PCP) and the Ecologist Party “The Greens” (PEV); they took 16 seats (+1).
The latest opinion polls put the government coalition parties on 37.8% with the Socialist Party on 38%, suggesting that the result could be a close finish.