Votar! Presidential election in Portugal

Edit: Election was won by Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa

On Sunday, 24 January 2021, in Portugal is held Presidential election. To win, a candidate must capture at least 50 per cent and 1 vote.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa incumbent President serving his first cadency has a constitutional right to run for the second term. He is leading in polls and his approval rating oscilates between 60 and 70 per cent while his opponents’ ratings do not reach 20 per cent (Ana Gomes 17%).

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa em fevereiro de 2018.jpg
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. The current president of Portugal

In Portugal, the president is the head of state and has mostly ceremonial powers. However, the president does have some political influence and can dissolve the Parliament of Portugal if a crisis occurs. The president also has an official residence in the Belém Palace in Lisbon.

Belém Palace - PRESIDENCIA.PT
Palácio de Belém. President’s residency.

A severe surge in coronavirus infections in recent days could keep turnout low and perhaps lead to a runoff between the two top candidates, which would take place on February 14.

Portugal votes for a president amid record coronavirus infections – POLITICO
Voters in Portugal during the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Author: Paul Ames

Ignacy Januszek
Volunteer at Teatro Metaphora – Associação de Amigos das Artes
European Solidarity Corps  
To know more: https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity_en


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