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Voter apathy grips Portugal ahead of Sunday's general election

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By Euronews
Voter apathy grips Portugal ahead of Sunday's general election

<p>Voters in Portugal look set to express their dissatisfaction with traditional politics by not voting in Sunday’s general election.</p> <p>In 2011 a record 41.9 percent of the electorate stayed away and the polls suggest a similar scenario this time round.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center lang="en-gb"><p lang="pt" dir="ltr">“Nós fechámos um capítulo dos mais difíceis do Portugal contemporâneo” – Pedro Passos Coelho. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/somosmais?src=hash">#somosmais</a> em <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Lamego?src=hash">#Lamego</a>. <a href="http://t.co/xk7lEIDfpA">pic.twitter.com/xk7lEIDfpA</a></p>— Portugal À Frente (@PortugalAFrente) <a href="https://twitter.com/PortugalAFrente/status/649217407580565504">September 30, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>In the capital Lisbon political pessimism is the order of day:“I’m not expecting anything better. Things aren’t going to get better. They are all theives,” said Maria Rosario one of many disillusioned voters. </p> <p>As for the state of the parties Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho’s centre-right ruling coalition has edged in front of the opposition Socialist Party.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center lang="en-gb"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Between a rock and a hard place: tough times for the Portuguese Socialists: <a href="http://t.co/83g87Q3L6M">http://t.co/83g87Q3L6M</a> <a href="http://t.co/gvL8T2N1RM">pic.twitter.com/gvL8T2N1RM</a></p>— The Staggers (@TheStaggers) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheStaggers/status/646602804497395712">September 23, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>The only avenue for protest appears to be the anti-euro Communist Party running at 11 percent in the polls.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center lang="en-gb"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Polls suggest anti-austerity stance will boost Portugese Communist Party to its best result since 1987 (10.4%) <a href="http://t.co/9oUVYCmRZQ">http://t.co/9oUVYCmRZQ</a></p>— Sander Vandecapelle (@SanderVDCapelle) <a href="https://twitter.com/SanderVDCapelle/status/640787209319239680">September 7, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Whatever the result, fiscal discipline is the mantra of all the major parties.</p> <p>That is something the markets applaud as Portugal attempts to get its economy back on track following the €78bn bailout of 2011.</p>