Rebelo de Sousa wins Portuguese presidential poll

The 67-year-old law professor and TV pundit, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, was the clear winner today in Portugal's presidential election, with over 52 percent of the vote, according to a nearly-complete countA 67-year-old law professor and TV pundit, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, was the clear winner Sunday in Portugal’s presidential election, with over 52 percent of the vote, according to a nearly-complete count. Rebelo de Sousa secured the post with 52.78 percent of the vote, far ahead of his closest rival, independent leftist Antonio Sampaio da Novoa, who won 22.17 percent, according to results from 97 percent of constituencies. Although largely ceremonial, Portugal’s presidency has make-or-break power over the nation’s fragile ruling alliance and the right to dissolve parliament in the event of a crisis.

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