Portugal elects conservative president
LISBON, Portugal, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Ex-center-right
Prime Minister Anibal Cavaco Silva has won the
presidency of Portugal, Diaro de Noticias newspaper
Cavaco Silva won 50.6 percent of the vote in the first
round of elections, enough to win the race outright
and avoid a second round of balloting.
The 66-year-old handily defeated two socialist
candidates to become Portugal's first conservative
leader since the country's 1974 revolution.
He replaces socialist President Jorge Sampaio, who
served two 5-year terms.
"The task before us is not small, the work will be
long and demanding," he told supporters after the
results of Sunday's election were announced.
While the presidency is technically Portugal's highest
office, the prime minister makes most of the
day-to-day leadership decisions.
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