Portuguese Prez wins re-election in landslide victory

Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

Lisbon, (Asian independent)¬†Incumbent Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has been re-elected after securing a landslide victory in the country’s presidential election, partial results have revealed.

With 98.87 per cent of the ballots counted, Rebelo de Sousa, who has been in office since March 2016, won by garnering 61.3 per cent of the votes, Xinhua news agency reported on Monday.

Meanwhile, former member of European Parliament (MEP) Ana Gomes came came second with 12.54 per cent of the votes, ahead of right-wing party Chega candidate Andre Ventura, who came third with 11.89 per cent of the ballots, the results showed.

The MEP of the Left Bloc, Marisa Matias, obtained 4.17 per cent of the votes, while the deputy in the European Parliament for the Portuguese Communist Party, Joao Ferreira, collected 3.93 per cent of the votes.

Sunday’s presidential election was held with the lockdown measures under the state of emergency due to the Covid-19 pandemic, resulting in an abstention rate of 61.46 per cent, official data showed.

“I am happy with the effort of the Portuguese. In spite of all these (pandemic and inclement weather)… it was a huge effort that was not foreseen,” Rebelo de Sousa said after casting his vote on Sunday afternoon.

His second five-year term will start on March 9.