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    http://www.sciencedaily.com/upi/?feed=TopNews&article=UPI-1-20060123-08360600-bc-portugal-elections.xml Portugal elects conservative president LISBON,
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      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
      reported.

      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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