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Portuguese Socialists re-elected

Portuguese Prime Minister and Socialist Party leader Jose Socrates gestures to supporters during his party's general election closing rally, Lisbon (25 Sept 2009)
Mr Socrates has to decide whether to form a minority government

Portugal's governing Socialist Party has been re-elected, but has lost its overall majority.

Final results from Sunday's general election gave PM Jose Socrates 36% of the vote, seven points ahead of the centre-right Social Democrats.

The election campaign was dominated by disagreements over how to deal with Portugal's economic crisis.

Mr Socrates promised large-scale public works while Social Democrats advocated moves to boost private investment.

After the results were announced, the prime minister told cheering supporters in Lisbon: "The Socialist Party has achieved an extraordinary electoral victory tonight."

But correspondents say Mr Socrates faces hard choices about whether to try to form a coalition or rule with a minority government.



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