Pledging to help end Portugal’s economic crisis, Anibal Cavaco Silva has promised to throw his weight behind government reforms in his inaugural speech. The new president takes over from Jorge Sampaio. He was sworn in during a ceremony in parliament. The winner of January’s election, he is the first centre-right figure to hold the post since the Democratic Revolution of 1974.
Cavaco Silva has offered Socialist premier Jose Socrates a “strategic partnership”. Despite their different political backgrounds the two men have already indicated they can do business.