Portuguese President, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, has announced that his country’s general election will take place on October 4, 2015.
The ruling centre-right coalition of the Social Democratic Party and the Democratic and Social Centre People’s Party will be seeking a second term in office.
The candidates will battle it out for the 230 seats that make up the Assembly of the Republic.
The announcement came as two of Portugal’s largest unions called a strike and an estimated 3,000 people marched to the parliament in Lisbon.
The the protest called for an end to the austerity measures that have seen Portugal suffer its worst economic slump since the 1970s.