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Portugal coalition partners to field joint list in upcoming polls

Portuguese Prime Minister and leader of the Social Democratic Party Pedro Passos Coelho (L), and Vice-Prime Minister and leader of the Popular Party Paulo Portas hold a joint press conference in Lisbon on April 25, 2015Leaders of the two parties in Portugal’s centre-right coalition government on Saturday announced they would field a single list of candidates to contest this year’s parliamentary elections. “This alliance is strong because it can already show the Portuguese how much work has been done,” Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho, head of the Social Democrats (PSD), said at a press conference in Lisbon. Without taking the new alliance into account, the most recent opinion poll put the opposition Socialists in first place with 38.1 percent of the votes, compared to 25.2 percent for the PSD and 8.1 percent for the CDS.

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