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PORTUGAL
COUNTRY Portuguese Republic
ELECTION TYPE Parliamentary
DATE February 20, 2005
At stake in this election:
  • 230 seats in the Assembly of the Republic (Assembleia da Republica).
Description of government structure:
  • Chief of State: Jorge Fernando Branco de SAMPAIO
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Pedro SANTANA LOPES*
  • Assembly: Portugal has a unicameral parliament called the Assembly of the Republic (Assembleia da Republica) with 230 seats.

* Prime Minister Pedro SANTANA LOPES and his government resigned 11 December 2004, but will stay on in a caretaker capacity until the February 2005 elections.

Description of electoral system:
  • The president is elected by popular vote for a five-year term.
  • Members are elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms.*

* President SAMPAIO called for early elections after dissolving Parliament on 10 December 2004.

Results from the electoral race:
  • Party: Socialist Party (PS)
    Leader: Jose SOCRATES
    Seats won in current election: 120
    Seats won in last election: 96

  • Party: Social Democratic Party (PSD)
    Leader: Pedro Miguel SANTANA LOPES
    Seats won in current election: 72
    Seats won in last election: 150

  • Party: Left Bloc (B.E.)
    Leader: Franciso LOUÇÃ
    Seats won in current election: 8
    Seats won in last election: 3

  • Party: Popular Party (PP)
    Leader: Paulo PORTAS
    Seats won in current election: 12
    Seats won in last election: 14

  • Party: Portuguese Communist Party (PCP)
    Leader: Jeronimo de SOUSA
    Seats won in current election: 14
    Seats won in last election: 12
When was the last election?
  • The last election was held on March 17, 2002.
Population and number of registered voters:
  • Population: 10,524,145 (July 2004 est.)
  • Number of registered voters: 8,687,945 (December 2003)
Of interest:
  • President SAMPAIO called for early elections after dissolving Parliament on 10 December 2004.
SOURCE: INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR ELECTION SYSTEMS (IFES)
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: IFES ELECTIONGUIDE ONLINEexternal link
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