- Title: Opposition candidate Rui Rio votes in Portugal elections
- Date: 6th October 2019
- Summary: PORTO, PORTUGAL (OCTOBER 6, 2019) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** PORTUGAL'S OPPOSITION SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY LEADER AND CANDIDATE, RUI RIO, WALKING AND GREETING ELECTION OFFICIAL RIO SHAKING HANDS AND RECEIVING HIS BALLOT, WALKING TO VOTING BOOTH RIO LEAVING VOTING BOOTH AND WAITING TO CAST HIS VOTE RIO CASTING HIS VOTE AND LEAVING (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) PORTUGAL'S OPPOSITION SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY LEADER AND CANDIDATE, RUI RIO, SAYING: "I am calm and satisfied. Now, the Portuguese people are voting and will be voting. As I have said, they always vote well and this time they will also vote well. I hope people comply with their civic duty and go to the poll. If they don't like any party, they can vote white. To take part and go to vote, I think it's a duty of all of us, especially because of those many people who had suffered and fought so that we all could vote." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE VOTING VARIOUS EXTERIORS OF POLLING STATION
- Embargoed: 20th October 2019 13:31
- Keywords: Portugal elections Rui Rio votes opposition candidate PSD
- Location: PORTO, PORTUGAL
- City: PORTO, PORTUGAL
- Country: Portugal
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA001AZYJX3B
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- Story Text: Portugal's main opposition candidate Rui Rio voted on Sunday (October 6) in the city of Porto hoping to overcome the election forecasts as the ruling Socialists are expected to win without an outright majority, leaving the fate of potential allies as the main question.
Leader of the Social Democratic party (PSD), Rio said the Portuguese people will vote well and encouraged them to "comply with their civic duty and go to the poll".
The PSD is polling at under 30% and is expected to lose seats, while the Socialists are seen winning more than in 2015.
In 2015, it took less than two months for Costa - whose party had actually come second behind the PSD - to strike an unexpected alliance with two far-left, Eurosceptic parties, the Left Bloc and the Communists and be sworn in as prime minister.
Four years on, the hard left is demanding more public spending and has accused Costa of veering to the right. Costa has already ruled out a formal coalition but may try to renew his governing pact with one of the parties or both.
(Production: Silvia Antonioli, Miguel Gutierrez)
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