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Portuguese presidential election, 1996


Portuguese presidential election, 1996

Portuguese presidential election, 1996

14 January 1996

Candidate Jorge Sampaio Aníbal Cavaco Silva
Party PS
Popular vote 3,035,056 2,595,131
Percentage 53.9% 46.1%

President before election





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The Portuguese presidential election of 1996 was held on 14 January.

Incumbent president Jorge Sampaio.

The left other left-wing candidates, Left Bloc.

Cavaco Silva was supported by the two major right-wing parties, the Social Democratic Party and the People's Party, and once more, the right wing parties did not manage to win the presidential election.

Sampaio gathered the majority of the votes in all the districts in the South of Portugal, including, of course, the Communist strongholds in Alentejo and Setúbal district. Cavaco managed to win in the more conservative districts of the North (excluding the Oporto district) and also in Leiria (district), traditional strongholds of the right-wing parties.

With only two candidates left on the race, no second round was needed, and Sampaio was inaugurated to his first term in office on 9 March 1996.

Aníbal Cavaco Silva would have to wait ten more years to be elected president in 2006.


  • Results 1
  • References 2
  • External links 3
  • See also 4


 Summary of the 14 January 1996 Portuguese presidential election results
Candidates Supporting parties First round
Votes %
Jorge Sampaio Socialist Party 3,035,056 53.91
Aníbal Cavaco Silva Social Democratic Party, People's Party 2,595,131 46.09
Jerónimo de Sousa [A] Portuguese Communist Party, Ecologist Party "The Greens" left the race
Alberto Matos [B] People's Democratic Union left the race
Total valid 5,630,187 100.00
Blank ballots 69,328 1.20
Invalid ballots 63,463 1.10
Total (turnout 66.29%) 5,762,978
A B Both candidates left the race in favor of Jorge Sampaio.
Source: Comissão Nacional de Eleições


External links

  • Portuguese Electoral Commission
  • NSD: European Election Database - Portugal publishes regional level election data; allows for comparisons of election results, 1990-2010

See also

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