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Crisis-hit Portugal set to re-elect president

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Crisis-hit Portugal set to re-elect president


He is trailing badly in the opinion polls but campaigning till the last. Portugal’s presidential challenger Manuel Alegre has been rallying his Socialist troops in a bit to prove the pundits wrong.
He wants to unseat incumbent Anibal Cavaco Silva in Sunday’s election for the largely ceremonial role.
Portugal has a left-of-centre government. But its president is from the centre right. And Cavaco Silva is seen as a stability candidate by many in troubled economic times.
Concerned about poverty, unemployment and the latest round of austerity measures, disillusioned voters have shown little interest in the poll.
Our correspondent in Lisbon, Michel Dos Santos, says that in final campaigning, candidates have given all they have got, even though polls predict Cavaco Silva will have a big victory. But, whatever the result, the next person in the presidential palace will have to preside over a country with a serious economic crisis which might even face IMF intervention.

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