Socialist comes out on top in Portugal
Monday 15 January 1996
The Socialist former mayor of Lisbon, Jorge Sampaio, was elected President of Portugal yesterday, comfortably defeating Anibal Cavaco Silva, the former prime minister who had led a conservative government for 10 years. Mr Sampaio's victory confirms the country's change of course that began in October with the election of a Socialist government.
With almost all the votes counted, Mr Sampaio had 53.8 per cent and Mr Cavaco 46.2 per cent; some 33.5 per cent abstained. Mr Sampaio promised to be a president for all Portuguese. "Among the voters, no one is defeated. You can all count on me," he told cheering crowds. He promised "modernisation and development".
A beaming Socialist Prime Minister, Antonio Guterres, hailed Mr Sampaio as the best successor to 71-year-old Mario Soares, who retires on 9 March after the maximum two five-year terms, and promised him the "total loyalty and collaboration of the government". He also paid tribute to the loser who, he said, "gave the best of himself for 10 years for the benefit of Portugal". Mr Cavaco good-humouredly acknowledged defeat, and wished Mr Sampaio every success.
He blamed no one but himself for his defeat, in tacit recognition that Mr Sampaio's victory owed much to a protest vote against Mr Cavaco's record in government and his technocratic style.
Both candidates campaigned under the colours of the national flag, rather than those of their party, for the non-partisan post. But Mr Sampaio's slogan, "One for All", caught the popular mood more than those of Mr Cavaco: "In the name of Portugal" and "Mega President".
Mr Sampaio's conciliatoryqualities seemed to overcome fears whipped up by his Conservative rival of a concentration of power in the hands of the left. At his closing rally, in a packed Lisbon opera house, the city's former mayor offered "renewal and stability" and promised to humanise links between people and political power . But Portugal's political scene is likely to sour in coming weeks as the ruling Socialists face unpopular economic decisions that will disappoint many.
- 1 Fifty Shades of Grey movie trailer released: First look at Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey
- 2 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
- 3 50 books for students to read this summer: From Ernest Hemingway to Gillian Flynn
- 4 Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
Israel-Gaza conflict: Israeli targeting policy under scrutiny after shellfire hits a mother and child, a school full of refugees and a doctor’s home
Peaches Geldof cause of death: Socialite had taken fatal dose of heroin after years of addiction, inquest concludes
Peaches Geldof: Her final day – and her fatal decision
Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
Iraq crisis: Isis orders Mosul shop keepers to cover mannequins
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
£300 - £350 per day: Harrington Starr: C#.NET Developer C#, WPF,BLL,MVVM, SOA...
Negotiable: Harrington Starr: Service Delivery Manager - (Derivatives, Support...
£30000 - £55000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Technical Account Manager - Java,...
£300 - £350 per day: Harrington Starr: WPF Analyst Programmer NET, WPF, C#, M...