|Author (Corporate)||Cardiff EDC|
Portugal held a parliamentary election on 4 October 2015. The incumbent coalition collected the highest share of the votes but did not manage to achieve an overall parliamentary majority, eventually impeding its right-wing parties (Social Democratic Party - PSD and People's Party - PP) from governing. The centre-left Socialist Party (PS) came second after months leading the polls ahead of the legislative election.
The Portuguese President called for the election on 22 July, while highlighting the importance of a consistent majority in the future parliament to secure political stability in the country, and hinted he might prevent any government without a majority to take office after the election. Portugalwas by then back to economic growth following years of recession, triggered by an austerity programme following a bailout from international stakeholders.
However, the election resulted in a hung Parliament, with a clear divide between the north and the south of the country. No political party or political bloc managed to gather a parliamentary majority. The Left Bloc (BE) achieved its best electoral result yet and the third position, while the Communist/Green coalition was fourth. A new party made it to the Parliament for the first time in over a decade. Voter turnout reached its lowest point since democracy was introduced in the country.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Subject Tags||Parliamentary | Legislative Elections|
|Countries / Regions||Portugal|