Portugal main opposition Socialists extend lead in poll

February 13, 2015 5:38 PM

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LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal's main opposition Socialists have slightly extended their lead over the center-right ruling coalition ahead of an autumn election but would fall short of a parliamentary majority, an opinion poll showed on Friday.

The Socialists have criticized the government's austerity program but are a mainstream party and analysts say they would be expected to maintain budget discipline and lower deficits if they return to power.

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