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2021-01-25T16:00:01+00:00

Centre-right incumbent Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa wins Portugal's presidential election

Centre-right incumbent Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa wins Portugal's presidential election
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of Portugal Credit: Richter Frank-Jurgen (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, Portugal's president was returned to office for a second term with a resounding victory Sunday in an election held amid a devastating Covid-19 surge that has made the European country the worst in the world for cases and deaths. Rebelo de Souza had about 61 per cent of the vote.

Prime Minister António Costa, in a tweet, urged people to turn out for the ballot, saying that "unprecedented planning" had gone into ensuring that the vote could take place safely.

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