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Cavaco Silva set fair for Portuguese poll

Cavaco Silva set fair for Portuguese poll
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Portugal goes to the polls today in a presidential election that looks set to keep incumbent Anibal Cavaco Silva in power.

Latest figures give the 71-year-old economist more than 50 percent of the vote, avoiding the need for a run-off.

Cavaco Silva has won support for his help over economic crisis in particular.

His nearest rival among five other candidates is Manuel Alegre. He has the backing of the ruling Socialists headed by Prime Minister Jose Socrates.

But although the presidential role is technically a ceremonial one in Portugal, the battle to save the country from financial meltdown has seen the prime minister and Cavaco Silva working closely together.

And it could be that the Portuguese decide having an economist in the job at a time like this is not such a bad idea.