Socialist Prime Minister Jose Socrates could hardly have hoped for a win for his man in the election. The campaign had raised little passion, the incumbent is a known quantity and not a leap in the dark, and Socrates’ government is very unpopular for the bitter medicine it is prescribing to the Portuguese economy. So where does that leave the government and Portugal between now and 2014’s parliamentary elections?
Portuguese political journalist José Manuel Fernandes told euronews:
“President Cavaco Silva is someone who, for a long time already, has been sounding the alarm about Portugal’s debt. He was one of the first, in fact. He’s someone who has shown concern about the budgetary and financial position of the country, and has repeatedly warned about the dangers while the government seemed unconcerned, yet he’s always been someone who’s looked to compromise to get results. I don’t think he’ll try to destabilise the government, but he won’t easily go along with it, either, because in a number of areas he disagrees with its policies, and he has different proposals to offer.”