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Parliamentary elections start in Portugal

It is estimated that the ruling party may win
14:12, 6 October 2019

CGTN

The elections into Parliament have started in Portugal on October 6, as Reuters reports. 

It is expected that the ruling center-left Socialists might win. 

Opinion polls indicate the Socialists will come top with 36.5% - 38.8% of the vote but will need one or more parties to back them to stay in government. Costa’s minority government has been backed by two left parties since 2015.

Related: Far-right conference draws massive protests in Portugal

"I’m voting for Costa again. He’s done well for us. He represented the people, defended the people, and I can only hope he does more of the same if he wins," 81-year old Fatima Abreu said at a central Lisbon polling station early on Sunday.

As it was reported by Reuters, Luis Alberto Lopes Brazao, a 46-year old homeless man, agreed. "I’m from a poor family and I’m struggling... But I trust this government," he said after voting for the Socialists.

It is also expected that the main opposition of the social-democrats party, which got the 30% voters support according to the last polls, will lose its places in the parliament. 

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