Sports At the height of the epidemic, the Portuguese vote for the presidential election

13:25  24 january  2021
13:25  24 january  2021 Source:   parismatch.com

Portugal. The outgoing president tested positive for the coronavirus

 Portugal. The outgoing president tested positive for the coronavirus © AFP / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa in Lisbon, November 2, 2020. Given widely favorite two weeks before the presidential election, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has was forced to suspend his campaign, Monday January 11.

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Despite a critical health situation, the Portuguese began to vote for the presidential election on Sunday.

Despite a critical health situation, the Portuguese began voting on Sunday for a presidential election which should seal the renewal of the incumbent, the moderate conservative Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. As all the polls predict the re-election of the current head of state in the first round, the suspense relates to the score of the far-right candidate André Ventura, who could create surprise by arriving second, in front of the former Socialist MEP Ana Gomes.

Polling stations opened at 0800 GMT and local media screenings will be known at 2000 GMT. The official results will be announced immediately, as the ballots are counted. The participation rate of the 10.8 million registered voters is the other major issue of the ballot, in a country subjected for ten days to a second general confinement to stem an explosion of cases of Covid-19. After shops and restaurants, the government had to resolve on Friday to close schools for two weeks, while new daily records of contaminations and deaths were broken again on Saturday, bringing the total toll since the start of the pandemic to - beyond the threshold of 10,000 deaths.

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With more than 80,000 contagions and nearly 1,400 deaths during the past week, Portugal ranks first in the world over this period in terms of the number of new cases and deaths compared to its population, exceeded only by the British enclave of Gibraltar, according to data collected by AFP from national authorities. Since postal voting is little used, the authorities exceptionally organized a day of advance voting last Sunday, which mobilized nearly 200,000 voters.

But the images of the long queues that have formed in front of some polling stations may have discouraged many others. In his last campaign speech, the outgoing president called on voters to vote for him in order to avoid a second round, scheduled for February 14, and thus "spare the Portuguese the prolongation of the election for three crucial weeks" to slow down the epidemic. "It only takes a 70% abstention to make a run-off almost inevitable," worried Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, a 72-year-old former law professor who became famous as a political commentator on television.

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Progression of populism

In the latest surveys, Mr. Rebelo de Sousa was credited with at least 58% of the voting intentions, against nearly 15% for the socialist Ana Gomes and just over 10% for the right-wing populist André Ventura. The four presidents that Portugal has known since the advent of democracy in 1974 were all re-elected in the first round for a second five-year term. Remained very popular since his election five years ago, the current head of state has cohabited without a major hitch with the socialists of Prime Minister Antonio Costa who, to avoid a guaranteed defeat, did not present any candidate .

The head of government even refused to support socialist Ana Gomes, a 66-year-old career diplomat who has become a prominent anti-corruption activist and who has stood up against the rise of the far right. André Ventura, he said he wanted to "crush the left", which has three of the seven candidates, and thus hopes to confirm the progression of right-wing populism in a country which, until now, was an exception. With a score of 1.3% and 70,000 votes in the legislative elections of 2019, this 38-year-old jurist became the sole deputy of the anti-system "Chega" ("that's enough") party he founded.

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