Portuguese centre-right TV star billed to win presidential poll

A woman casts her ballot in a polling station in Fontanelas on the outskirts of Lisbon on October 4, 2015The former leader of Portugal’s centre-right Social Democratic Party (PSD) and prominent television commentator Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa on Friday announced his bid to run for the presidency in next January’s election. Rebelo de Sousa announced his candidacy in Celorico de Basto in the north of Portugal, saying that the country must “leave behind the financial, economic and social crisis”. The law professor’s announcement came after a coalition of the Social Democrats and the conservative Popular Party won a parliamentary election last weekend despite four difficult years of austerity and many predictions of defeat.

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