The second candidate, António Sampaio da Nóvoa, earned 22.89% of the votes
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa won Portugal’s presidential election, an outcome that should help maintain political balance.
Independent candidate, professor of law at Lisbon University and respected political commentator with a TV show that has been on for several years, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, a former president of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), won the presidential elections held on 24 January 2016. Earning a total of 52%, almost two and a half million votes, Rebelo de Sousa was thus able to win in the first ballot. Furthermore, the newly-elected President achieved an important landmark, winning in every district in the country.
In his winning speech, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa guaranteed that during his mandate he will do everything in his power to safeguard political stability, supporting the current Government, and rebuild the path that leads to a better social and political consensus.  He will become the 20th President of the Portuguese Republic in an inauguration ceremony that will take place on 9 March 2016.
The four candidates that polled the closest results to Mr. Rebelo de Sousa were: António Sampaio da Nóvoa, an independent candidate and former dean of Lisbon University, with 22.89% of the votes; Marisa Matias, the Left Bloc candidate, with 10.13%; Maria de Belém Roseira, a former president of the Socialist Party, with 4.24%; and Edgar Silva, the candidate supported by the Communist Party, with 3.95% of the votes.
Abstention was higher than usual for a first round, reaching 51.3%.Eleiçõespresidenciais2016
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