Portugal eyes political balance in presidential election

January 10, 2016 12:15 PM

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LISBON, Portugal – With an alliance of Socialists, communists and radicals holding power, Portuguese voters appear set to seek some balance by electing a center-right politician as their head of state.

The official campaign period for the Jan. 24 presidential election started Sunday and the hot favorite is Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, a former Social Democratic Party leader who had a popular TV show. Polls suggest he could get more than 50 percent of votes against nine rivals.

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