The centre-left Socialist Party (PS) was victorious in Sunday’s general election with enough votes for an absolute parliamentary majority led by Antonio Costa.
The result came as a surprise. A Socialist win had been predicted, but opinion polls had suggested a less than outright win, meaning that another minority coalition arrangement would be necessary.
The early election was called because the 2022 budget proposals of the former minority Socialist government were rejected by parliament, including the two far-left parties that until llast November had been supporting the PS.
Provisional results have given the Socialists around 43% of the votes and the centre-right Social Democrats a lower than expected 30%. The far-right Chega party finished third.
The voter turnout was higher than expected despite the COVID pandemic.