Portugal vote 'most important' since democracy return: Barroso

5th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

Portugal was voting Sunday in its "most important" elections since the April 1975 polls which consolidated the nation's return to democracy, EU commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso said.

"It is normal for politicians to say that each election is decisive but this time its true," said Barroso, a former Portuguese prime minister, as he arrived to vote at a Lisbon polling station.

"Given the economic and financial situation of the country, I consider these elections to be the most important since those that followed April 25," he added in a reference to the date in 1974 when a largely bloodless military coup toppled a dictatorship that had ruled Portugal for 42 years.

Portugal's first parliamentary elections held with universal suffrage took place on April 25, 1975, exactly a year later.

© 2011 AFP

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