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Center-Right Wins Portuguese Election As Far Right Surges

Portugal’s center-right Democratic Alliance has scored a slim victory in parliamentary elections that saw an unprecedented surge in support for a far-right populist party.

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After all votes cast in Portugal were counted, the center-right Social Democrat-led Democratic Alliance won 79 seats in the 230-seat National Assembly, Portugal’s Parliament.

The center-left Socialist Party, in power for the past eight years, got 77 seats.

Chega, meaning enough, came third, quadrupling its parliamentary representation to 48 lawmakers after campaigning on a clean governance and anti-immigration platform.

The election result underscored a political tilt to the far right across Europe and a dwindling of Socialist governance.