Portuguese elections – ‘Socialist’ Party wins but defeat for left

Monday, 31 January 2021 — Anticapitalist Resistance

Dave Kellaway looks at the Portuguese general election result.

Election results  (226 out of 230 seats declared)

Party % 2022 % 2019
PS (Socialist Party) 41.68 (117 seats) 36.4
PPD/PSD (Centre Right) 27.8 27.8
Chega (neo-fascist) 7.15 1.3
Initiativa Liberal 4.98 1.3
Bloco Esquerda 4.46 9.5
PCP (Communist) 4.39 6.3
CDS (right-wing) 1.61 4.2
PAN (animal rights) 1.53 3.3
Liberal 1.28 1.1

Portuguese Election results so far (2022 compared to 2019)

Sunday’s general election in Portugal was triggered last October by the decision of the anti-capitalist Bloco Esquerda (Left Bloc) and the Portuguese Communist party to vote down the proposed budget of Antonio Costa’s Socialist Party government. The left was opposed to the creeping privatisation and lack of resources allocated to the SNS – the national health service – and the failure to increase sufficiently the national minimum wage.

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Lisbon Court Rules Only 0.9% of ‘Verified Cases’ Died of COVID, Numbering 152, Not 17,000 Claimed

23 June 2021 — America’s Frontline Doctors

By Mordechai Sones

Following a citizen’s petition, a Lisbon court was forced to provide verified COVID-19 mortality data, reports AndreDias.net.

According to the ruling, the number of verified COVID-19 deaths from January 2020 to April 2021 is only 152, not about 17,000 as claimed by government ministries.

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Can the Left Look to Portugal for an Alternative to Austerity? By Asad Ismi

1 March 2019 — Global Research

While social-democratic parties all over Europe have been losing power and popularity, the centre-left Portuguese government is being lauded even by the mainstream media for defying the European Union (EU) with its anti-austerity policy and thereby sparking an economic recovery in the country.

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Portugal: Convention gears up Left Bloc for year of critical fights By Dick Nichols

20 November 2018 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

In 2019, European and legislative elections will take place in Portugal in a national political context different from any other in the European Union (EU), where austerity policy still prevails and the rise of the racist and xenophobic right seems unstoppable.

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Portugese Communist Party Central Committee Statement – May 27, 2014

29 May 2014 — PCP

The Central Committee of the PCP met on May 27, 2014, and assessed the results of the elections for the European Parliament as well as their political consequences; assessed the most relevant aspects of the country’s economic and social situation and the consequences of the Troika’s policies, the campaign of mystification surrounding the so-called “clean exit” and the new developments in the government’s political offensive; assessed the workers’ struggle and its prospects; defined the Party’s main lines of work, regarding political initiatives, the struggle to materialize an alternative, patriotic and left-wing policy, and the strengthening of the [Party] organization.

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Portugal and Europe after the European elections

8 June 2014 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

Statement by Left Bloc (Bloco de Esquerda), Portugal; translated by Federico Fuentes.

Following the [September 29, 2013] local elections, the Left Bloc developed its European program via a thorough programmatic debate involving many independent activists. That culminated at our February 2014 national conference.

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Overthrowing Fascism: Portugal and “The Right to Rebellion” By Miguel Urbano Rodrigues

25 April 2014 — Global Research – Tlaxcala

Forty years have passed since April 25, 1974.

miguelurbanoForty years have passed since April 25, 1974. Today throughout the country the Portuguese people will celebrate the anniversary of the overthrow of fascism.

The goal of the military coup that morning was to end the colonial war. But within a few hours the torrential participation of the people changed the direction and purpose of the movement. That the masses took to the streets pushed the captains of April to make a revolution in which the alliance between the people and the Armed Forces Movement played a decisive role.

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Crisis and Resistance in Portugal By Mark Bergfeld

14 December 2012 — The Bullet • Socialist Project • E-Bulletin No. 745

A day before the right wing coalition government in Portugal was to vote through its 2013 budget, the German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble met his Portuguese counterpart Vitor Gaspar and proclaimed, “Portugal is on the right path and is, for all of us in the Eurozone, a brilliant example that the approach we have been following to stabilize the Euro is correct.” Continue reading

Video: Portugal General Strike: This is What Austerity Looks Like By grtv

15 November 2012GRtv

Excerpt from: The Strike in Southern Europe:

A storm is brewing in Southern Europe. In Greece on November 6 and 7 another general strike will take place. On November 14 Portuguese, Cypriot, Spanish and Italian trade unions intend to go on strike in opposition to the austerity policies of the European Union. Belgian and British trade unions, as well as the European and German trade union confederations, are also calling for action. If the mobilization is successful, this transnational strike will be a milestone in the formation of a European protest movement desperately needed to prevent the final demolition of the European welfare states… Continue reading

General Strike in Portugal in 24 November

16 November 2011

“We are facing a programme of true aggression against the workers, people and country. The measures presented are a calamity. If implemented, they would plunge the country even deeper in economic recession (with the government admitting that it may be around 3% in 2012), which, instead of reducing it, will only increase the debt burden.

With a deeper recession, we will enter a destructive cycle of austerity policies, added recession and higher debt, repeating what is already happening, namely in Greece, with disastrous outcomes for the workers, people and country, which are very visible today.”

Read the “manifesto” of the strike in English here: