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Portugal

Portuguese Republic

10,799,270 9

Population (as of July 1, 2013)

Elections in our database

9,624,354 56.61%

Registered Voters (as of June 1, 2011)

Average Turnout

Name Official Name Type
Assembly of the Republic Assembleia da República Assembly
President President Head of State
Prime Minister Prime Minister Head of Government

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Anibal CAVACO SILVA
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Pedro PASSOS COELHO
  • Assembly: Portugal has a unicameral Assembly of the Republic (Assembleia da República) with 230 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by absolute majority vote through a two-round system to serve a 5-year term.
  • The Prime Minister is appointed by the President to serve a 4-year term.**
  • In the Assembly of the Republic (Assembleia da República) 230 members are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system to serve 4-year terms.***

** The Prime Minister is usually leader of the majority party or coalition in the legislature.

*** There are 22 multi-member districts. Seats are allocated using the d'Hondt method, with the exception for the two constituencies for Portuguese living abroad, which are fixed at two members each.

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Elections

Election For Date Votes Registered Voters Turn Out
Assembly of the Republic 1999-10-10 5,363,895 8,672,801 61.85%
President 2001-01-14 4,453,011 8,746,746 50.91%
Assembly of the Republic 2002-03-17 5,433,924 8,716,949 62.34%
Assembly of the Republic 2005-02-20 5,713,190 8,785,227 65.03%
President 2006-01-22 5,590,132 9,085,339 61.53%
Referendum 2007-02-11 3,840,176 8,814,016 43.57%
Assembly of the Republic 2009-09-27 5,683,967 9,514,322 59.74%
President 2011-01-23 4,492,297 9,657,312 46.52%
Assembly of the Republic 2011-06-05 5,585,054 9,624,354 58.03%

Voter Turnout