LISBON: Portugal voted in the presidential election on Sunday despite an epidemic lockdown in the country, as it is widely expected to win another term over Marcelo Rebello de Sosa, coming from the center-right. ۔
Police first point to the victory of Raubo de Sousa, a former political commentator, known as the state famous for accessible moments, such as queuing at the supermarket in shorts, girls drowning in the sea To help which the cue was captured or shared with the food. Homeless people.
But observers are watching to see if a right-wing challenger will perform at the same time as his 10.8 million voters – including 1.5 million overseas voters – cast their ballots. Lockdown can be encouraged.
Turnout was 17 percent at noon, the same daytime increase in the last presidential election five years ago. Voters lined up outside polling stations in the capital, Lisbon, and were released one by one under the rules of social distance.
“For those who want to vote, let them overcome their fears,” said Rebello de Sosa after casting his ballot in his stronghold, Silico de Basto, in the northern part of Manu. He added: “The vote across the country is very good, with respect to distance, respect for sanitary laws and patience on the part of the Portuguese.”
At a public library in the city center, Fatima Christo, 63, said she was happy with the organization, adding: “Despite all the fear, it’s not too scary.”
Another voter, architect Jose Bara, 54, told AFP: “Nothing stopped me from voting, but I understand that older people, for example, are more susceptible to viruses and queues. Reason will discourage both. “
Because mail-in ballots are not well-established in Portugal, early voting was available last Sunday, drawing about 200,000 voters, although long lines have defeated this goal in some areas.
Portugal is facing its second national lockdown in 10 days aimed at curbing the rise in corona virus cases.
The worst daily corona virus deaths and new infections were recorded in the country on Saturday, bringing the death toll to more than 10,000. More than 80,000 infections have been reported from one week to Friday, the highest rate in the world in proportion to its population of more than 10 million, according to official figures, according to AFP.
Almost every new day brings a new record in the number of cases, and the government has now closed schools at the top of shops and restaurants for two weeks. Elections are a position at stake that has the power to dissolve parliament and demand fresh elections. It has an important constitutional role to play with the minority government in power.
In his last election speech, Rebello de Sousa, a rare politician often known only by his first name – urged voters to support him to avoid a run-off.
The former minister and co-founder of the center-right Social Democratic Party (PSD), said it would “prevent the Portuguese people from going to the polls three weeks apart”.