Portuguese president wins re-election in landslide victory

17:12, January 24, 2011      

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Portugal's incumbent president and candidate of the Social Democratic Party Cavaco Silva (6th L) and family members celebrate with supporters after being reelected in the presidential election at the Belem Cultural Center in Lisbon, capital of Portugal, Jan. 23, 2011. (Xinhua/Wang Qingqin)

Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva secured a landslide victory in the first round of voting Sunday, promising to help drag the country out of the current debt quagmire.

According to the National Electoral Commission, Silva got 52.9 percent of the vote while his main rival Manuel Alegre, a candidate backed by the ruling Socialist Party, came as a distant second with 19.8 percent.

After the election results were announced, Silva vowed to help his country overcome its current difficulties by slashing high unemployment and heavy debt.

The former economics professor also promised to respect the power that the constitution granted to him.

Compared with the other five candidates, Silva, with his rich experience in economics and politics, is widely seen as being more capable of collaborating with the government in lifting the country out of its debt crisis.

Earlier on Sunday while casting his ballot at a primary school, Silva said: "We do expect that the results of this election may make a positive contribution to Portugal to solve its problems."

Silva called on every voter to go out and cast a ballot despite the unusually cold weather as the election was crucial to the country's future.

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