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Socrates defeated, resigns party leadership

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It is all over for outgoing Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates, defeated in his country’s general election, and who has resigned the leadership of his party. His Socialists have suffered heavy losses in the election, which none of the polls predicted they could win.

“This is my electoral defeat and I want to totally assume it this evening. I think that the moment has come to open a new political cycle in the leadership of the Socialist Party,” he said to cheering supporters.

The number of lost Socialist seats is a severe shock. Socrates has paid the price for having governed with no majority for the past two years, getting by with day by day support from the centre-right. It weakened him, and made him look indecisive, and the voters have punished him for it.