Centre right candidate wins Portuguese presidential election

  • Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, whose Social Democratic Party was ousted from government in November, won Sunday's presidential election - Portugal's president has a number of important functions, including the power to appoint a prime minister and dissolve parliament. 
  • Mr. de Sousa, a prominent television pundit in Portugal, said he would seek to promote compromise as president - he succeeds Anibal Cavaco Silva who served two consecutive five year terms. 

  • Mr. de Sousa's closest challenger was the centre left, independent candidate Sampaio da Nóvoa. *

  • The Social Democratic Party and its junior coalition partner won the most seats in October's general election but were outvoted in parliament by a coalition between the Socialists and other left wing groupings.