April 17, 2024

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The Democratic Alliance at least won the Portuguese election

The Democratic Alliance at least won the Portuguese election
Luis Montenegro, candidate of the Democratic Alliance (EFE/EPA/TIAGO PETINGA).

After nine years with a left-wing government, Portugal has tilted slightly to the right. Luis MontenegroThe candidate of the Democratic Alliance coalition, led by the Socialist Party, managed to win the election Pedro Nuno Santos, has suffered a steep decline compared to the previous elections. Another big winner of the night, André Ventura, leader of the far-right party Sega, managed to establish himself as the third political force, very close to the two main forces competing for the first place.

This Sunday, the citizens of Portugal made an important appointment at the polls: they had to choose the next prime minister. After a long mandate from the Left, the right-wing alliance has come to this call for elections with the aim of changing the script. It just happened. With 29.6% of the votes for Montenegro, the right managed to break the leftist trend started by Antonio Costa in 2015. The Socialist Party received about 28% of the citizens' support; and Sega, just 18%.

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The night was expected to belong to the center-right coalition, according to opinion polls, with a clear victory for those from Montenegro. However, as the night progressed and with it scrutiny, the differences between the Democratic Alliance and the Socialist Party narrowed to a tie.

Now, after the popular election, it is clear that the Democratic Alliance does not have enough support to achieve a majority, and the time has come for agreements and coalitions. The reality is that with such a close result, it is not clear which side (right or left) will be able to form the government. As the winners of the referendum, the Democratic Alliance will attempt to join the Liberal initiative, although this may not be enough to achieve an outright majority. The problem is that Montenegro has already made it clear that it won't open the door to Sega, which is enough to sway leftist organizations, but won't be enough for an absolute majority.

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It's not long before the ratings of the matches arrive. The winner of the referendum made it clear once again that Montenegro will not agree with the far right, even if only slightly. “Of course I will keep my word,” he promised. “If I don't comply it will be a huge disservice to me, my party and democracy,” he added.

“The results are one of the worst historical results for the left and a victory for AD,” said Socialist Party General Secretary Hugo Soares. To which he added: “We are facing the predictions with the same calm and composure as we have done the entire campaign. “I cannot fail to point out that the predictions point to the victory of the Democratic Alliance and above all a great feeling for change in the country.”

For his part, Antonio Costa said: “I think the results are less certain at the moment than the initial predictions I saw in the last minutes, but there is a balance in practice in terms of mandates.” He also highlighted that “it is very close in terms of votes” and that the final results will not be known until Sunday.

Amid the uncertainty of who won the election call in the Portuguese nation, there was one formation that stood out and shone on election night: Sega. The far-right party has achieved tremendous growth in just five years and has managed to position itself in third place. The formation exceeds one million and aims to rid the country of the extreme right.

The Democratic Alliance at least won the Portuguese election