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Portuguese elections: conservatives maintain narrow lead in polls

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By Euronews  with AFP
Portuguese elections: conservatives maintain narrow lead in polls

<p>Portugal is living through its closest election race since becoming a democracy in 1974.</p> <p>With the country gearing up for Sunday’s (October 4) general elections, the latest opinion polls suggest the incumbent conservative coalition is on course for a narrow win.</p> <p>However the coalition, led by Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho, seems likely to lose its parliamentary majority.</p> <p>The opposition socialist party, led by former mayor of Lisbon Antonio Costa is predicted to come in close on the heels of the conservatives.</p> <p>The governing coalition is estimated to win between 99 and 114 seats – just short of the 116 needed for an absolute majority in the 230-member parliament.</p> <p>Polls suggest the left could prevail if the socialists were to join forces with the Communists and Greens in the <span class="caps">CDU</span> and the radical Left Bloc.</p> <p>However, for the moment, Costa’s party is refusing to commit to a potential coalition.</p> <p>The incumbent conservatives have upheld strict austerity policies following a 2011 economic crisis which saw Portugal become the third eurozone country to be bailed out.</p>