January 23, 2006

Cavaco Silva Wins Presidential Elections

Anibal Cavaco Silva, previously Prime Minister of Portugal from 1985 to 1995, has won this Sunday's presidential election.

Mr. Cavaco Silva replaces President Jorge Sampaio, a Socialist, who has served two five-year terms.

The center-right Cavaco Silva won 50.6% of the vote ahead of two center-left candidates Manuel Alegre and former President and Prime Minister Mario Soares – the Socialists’official candidate - who came in a disappointing third.

Anibal Cavaco Silva is the first right-of-center president of Portugal since the 1974 Revolution.

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