Portuguese legislative election, 4 October 2015

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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.

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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.

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Commentary and Analysis
Election Resources on the Internet: Elections to the Portuguese Assembly of the Republic - Results Lookup http://www.electionresources.org/pt/assembly.php?election=2015
LSE European Institute: Europpblog, 11.06.15: Despite the crisis, Portugal’s 2015 election will be a straight contest between the country’s two mainstream parties http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2015/06/11/despite-the-crisis-portugals-2015-election-will-be-a-straight-contest-between-the-countrys-two-mainstream-parties/
IFES: Election Guide: Election for Portuguese Assembly of the Republic http://www.electionguide.org/elections/id/2687/
Robert Schuman Foundation: Analysis, 08.09.15: In the polls the Socialists just ahead of the outgoing right-wing coalition in Portugal https://www.robert-schuman.eu/en/eem/1604-in-the-polls-the-socialists-just-ahead-of-the-outgoing-right-wing-coalition-in-portugal
Wikipedia: 2015 Portuguese legislative election https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_Portuguese_legislative_election
Politico, 05.10.15: 5 takeways from Portugal’s election http://www.politico.eu/article/5-takeways-from-the-portuguese-election/
Euro|topics, October 2015: Portugal seeking a stable government https://www.eurotopics.net/en/151515/
The Guardian, 05.10.15: Winning by losing http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/oct/05/guardian-view-on-portuguese-election-winning-by-losing
Open Europe, 05.10.15: No, Portuguese voters didn’t back austerity http://openeurope.org.uk/blog/no-portuguese-voters-didnt-back-austerity/
LSE European Institute: Europpblog, 06.10.15: How Portugal’s election resembled the UK’s general election and what both contests indicate about European politics http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2015/10/06/how-portugals-election-resembled-the-uks-general-election-and-what-both-contests-indicate-about-european-politics/
LSE European Institute: Europpblog, 07.10.15: What impact will Portugal’s election have on the country’s economy? http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2015/10/07/what-impact-will-portugals-election-have-on-the-countrys-economy/
LSE European Institute: Europpblog, 09.10.15: Portuguese elections: Portugal is now a country caught between stability and disaffection http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2015/10/09/portuguese-elections-portugal-is-now-a-country-caught-between-stability-and-disaffection/
Politico, 29.07.15: The anti-Greece http://www.politico.eu/article/portugal-election-tsipras-anti-greece/
Politico, 28.09.15: 9 faces to watch in Portugal’s election http://www.politico.eu/article/portugal-elections-2015-campaign-nine-faces-to-watch/
CAPX, 06.08.15: The coming political crisis in Portugal https://capx.co/the-coming-political-crisis-in-portugal/

News
EurActiv, 02.04.15: Popular Lisbon mayor steps down to run in general election https://www.euractiv.com/section/elections/news/popular-lisbon-mayor-steps-down-to-run-in-general-election/
Politico, 04.10.15: Portugal’s austerity government wins https://www.politico.eu/article/center-right-wins-portuguese-election-exit-polls/
Deutsche Welle, 04.10.15: Ruling Portugal center-right coalition loses majority after election win http://dw.com/p/1GiaR
BBC News, 05.10.15: Portugal centre-right wins re-election http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34440667
The Guardian, 05.10.15: Portugal election: centre-right coalition retains power but could lose majority http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/04/portugal-election-ruling-centre-right-coalition-headed-for-victory
EUObserver, 05.10.15: Coelho re-elected as PM of Portugal https://euobserver.com/beyond-brussels/130537
EurActiv, 05.10.15: Portugal's ruling coalition reelected, despite austerity policies http://www.euractiv.com/sections/elections/portugals-ruling-coalition-reelected-despite-austerity-policies-318207
France24, 05.10.15: Portuguese back austerity as conservatives win election https://www.france24.com/en/20151004-portuguese-centre-right-government-elected
Politico, 05.10.15: Bittersweet victory for Portugal’s right http://www.politico.eu/article/bittersweet-victory-portugal-right-coelho-coalition-socialists/
Deutsche Welle, 06.10.15: Portuguese president calls for political stability after inconclusive elections http://dw.com/p/1GjfO
EurActiv, 07.10.15: Coelho faces difficulties forming government http://www.euractiv.com/sections/elections/coelho-tasked-forming-portugese-government-318286
EurActiv, 23.07.15: President of Portugal calls for election, as no clear leader emerges https://www.euractiv.com/section/elections/news/president-of-portugal-calls-for-election-as-no-clear-leader-emerges/
Euronews, 22.07.15: Portugal Portuguese president announces general election https://www.euronews.com/2015/07/22/portuguese-president-announces-general-election

Official
OSCE: ODIHR: Portuguese Parliamentary Elections, 4 October 2015 https://www.osce.org/odihr/elections/portugal/183891
European Council: Congratulation letter by President Donald Tusk to the Prime Minister of Portugal Pedro Passos Coelho http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2015/10/07-tusk-letter-prime-minister-portugal-coelho/

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