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TV pundit Rebelo de Sousa wins Portuguese presidential poll

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa addresses journalists after winning the presidencial election in Lisbon, Portugal on January 24, 2016Law professor and TV pundit Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, 67, was the clear winner Sunday in Portugal’s presidential election, taking 52 percent of the vote. The overwhelming favourite, Rebelo de Sousa was far ahead of his closest rival, independent leftist Antonio Sampaio da Novoa, who won 22.89 percent, according to a nearly complete count. 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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