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Portugal begins voting in parliamentary elections

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Voting in parliamentary elections began Sunday in Portugal. Citizens of the country will elect 230 deputies of the Assembly of the Republic (unicameral parliament).

Polling stations opened at 08:00 local time and will run until 19:00 (21:00 Moscow time). Preliminary voting results will be announced at night.

Recent opinion polls predict the victory of the Socialist Party of Prime Minister António Costa. However, political power runs the risk of not having an absolute majority in parliament in order to form a future government without hindrance.

With the current 86 deputies, Costa took the post of head of the Cabinet following the results of past elections thanks to the support of two other political forces. It is expected that the Socialist Party will be able to get from 97 to 107 seats in the Assembly of the Republic.

It is followed by the Social Democratic Party, which counts on 79-87 seats. The left bloc could become the third most powerful parliamentary mandate in the Portuguese parliament and gain 18-24 seats.

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