Portugal voters head to polls seeming resigned to austerity

Portugal goes to the polls Sunday with voters set to give their verdict on four years of austerity by either re-electing the centre-right coalition that steered the country through a punishing bailout or turning to the Socialists who promise to ease painful reforms. Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho’s “Portugal Ahead” coalition — linking his centre-right Social Democratic Party with the conservative Popular Party — has made a surprising comeback in opinion polls, with most putting it ahead despite overseeing harsh cuts.

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