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Center-Right Rebelo De Sousa Wins Portuguese Presidency

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Jornal de Noticias, Jan. 25, 2015

"Marcelo crowned," Portuguese daily Jornal de Noticias writes on its front page Monday, as center-right candidate Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa won Sunday's presidential election with 52% in the first round, a resounding victory otherwise marked by a low turnout of just 48.8%.

"The people command, and the people chose me," Rebelo de Sousa said, promising to "unify and pacify" a country left politically divided by last year's general election and the confusion that followed.

In November, inconclusive parliamentary elections had put Prime Minister António Costa's Socialist government at the helm of a fragile coalition.

Rebelo de Sousa, a 67-year-old law professor famous for his work as a TV pundit and political commentator, faced nine other candidates, including center-left Antonio Sampaio da Nóvoa, who finished second with just over 22%.

The new president pledged to work with the anti-austerity left-wing coalition government.

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