Forecasts: Portugal shifts firmly to the right in parliamentary polls

A woman casts her vote at a polling station at a rural parish for parliamentary elections in Portugal. Cristian Leyva/ZUMA Press Wire/dpa
A woman casts her vote at a polling station at a rural parish for parliamentary elections in Portugal. Cristian Leyva/ZUMA Press Wire/dpa

Media forecasts suggest Portugal has shifted significantly to the right in snap parliamentary elections held on Sunday.

A voter survey by the state TV station RTP, seen as reliable and based on post-election polls, shows the conservative Democratic Alliance (AD) led by top candidate Luís Montenegro won the election and could receive up to 33% of the vote.

Pedro Nuno Santos' Socialist Party (PS), in power for eight years, would come in second with up to 29%.

Far-right Chega (Enough) improved from just over 7% in the last election at the beginning of 2022 to up to a 17% share now.

Other Portuguese media such as Público newspaper published similar figures to RTP in the evening shortly after the last polling stations in the Azores closed at 9 pm (2200 GMT).

If the vote count confirms these results, forming a government is likely to prove difficult.

A man casts his vote at a polling station at a rural parish for parliamentary elections in Portugal. Cristian Leyva/ZUMA Press Wire/dpa
A man casts his vote at a polling station at a rural parish for parliamentary elections in Portugal. Cristian Leyva/ZUMA Press Wire/dpa
A woman casts her vote at a polling station at a rural parish for parliamentary elections in Portugal. Cristian Leyva/ZUMA Press Wire/dpa
A woman casts her vote at a polling station at a rural parish for parliamentary elections in Portugal. Cristian Leyva/ZUMA Press Wire/dpa