05 Jun '11, 9pm

Portugal PM quits Socialist leadership after election defeat

Portugal PM quits Socialist leadership after election defeat

LISBON: Portugal's Social Democrats defeated the ruling Socialists in an early election on Sunday and will be able to form a majority in parliament with a smaller conservative party to implement a 78 billion euro bailout programme. The party captured 40.6 percent of the vote compared to 28.5 percent for Prime Minister Jose Socrates' Socialists, preliminary official results showed with 80 percent of districts counted. Outgoing Prime Minister Jose Socrates, in power since 2005, resigned as leader of the Socialist Party after his election loss became clear, saying he wanted to give the party the space to "select a new leadership". "This defeat is entirely mine and I want to assume full responsibility for it," he said in an address to party supporters in Lisbon. The results will leave the Social Democrats short of a majority in the 230-seat parliament but they can team up with...

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straitstimes.com 07 Jun '11, 4am

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