Portuguese prime minister out after convincing election defeat
Pedro Passos Coelho, leader of the center-right Social Democratic Party, greets supporters on June 3 in Lisbon.
June 5th, 2011
08:36 PM ET

Portuguese prime minister out after convincing election defeat

Pedro Passos Coelho, a businessman and opposition leader, is set to succeed Jose Socrates as Portugal's prime minister after his party scored a convincing victory in Sunday's election.

According to official results posted online that accounted for more than 99% of all ballots, Coelho's Social Democratic Party had just under 39% of the vote. Socrates' Socialist Party was running a distant second at 28%, while the Popular Party had nearly 12% of the overall vote.

In his victory speech, Coelho announced the Social Democrats, which won 105 parliamentary seats, would form a coalition government with the Popular Party, which won 24 seats. He also promised to tackle Portugal's burgeoning financial crisis, including taking steps to meet European Union requirements for deficit reduction and revenue hikes in order to receive bailout funds.

"This is a night for Portugal to celebrate this change," he said. "We have our work cut out, but we aren't afraid of working."

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  1. Anthony's Case Posts

    Quite frankly. I have seen enough. She is as guilty as sin and that child obviously did not die because of an accidental drowning in the grandfather’s swimming pool. That man was a professional law enforcement officer and would have done the right thing, especially if it was an accident. The defense is building up for a temporary insanity defense, and I am surprised her parents don’t strangle her for what is being alleged. This case has all the makings of the Simpson trial, except Casey Anthony is not rich and her defense team is getting all kinds of publicity....

    June 5, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Anthony's Case Posts

    While Casey Anthony lived a web of lies, it seems that the lies were mostly pragmatic ways to put off the inevitable…her mother finding her out. What if instead of planning to kill her child she was planning to kill her mother. It may seem strange at first, until you realize that both Mr. House and Mr. Lazzaro testified that Casey was planning to move back into “her home as soon as the parents moved out” , either into their own apartment, ” or left the house to her”. While we know well that the parents were financially strapped and had no intention of doing this, these statements shed light into her cognitions and fantasies concerning her parents? “neck breaking”? “chloroform”? Don’t those search terms indicate methods to subdue a full grown adult, and not a child after all? Perhaps her daughter’s death wasn’t planned after all, and perhaps we will never know, but, the planning of Casey’s mother’s death would have been no accident and would have brought insurance revenue into the home. Just food for thought.

    June 5, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Anthony's Case Posts

    She needs to Rot in Hell for what she has done to that baby! I don’t feel bad for her one bit…she is a cold blooded murderer!!!! They say they see real tears when she cries….her baby cant cry no more!!!!! I hope she gets the death penalty and she should be put thru the same thing her baby was!!
    Obviously the kid didn’t drown, the body was found with duct tape over the mouth, with traces of chlorophorm (not sure if that’s how you spell it), plus there were traces of chlorophorm and a rotting smell coming from the trunk of her car. if you think there’s any chance that this poor girl drowned you are straight up stupid.
    I’ve followed this case since the beginning. Casey is a liar. Her lies are disgusting. I have no sympathy for Casey. I do not believe she was molested by her father or brother. I think she is a psychopath, plain and simple. When no one else supported her, her parents did; but she would rather throw them to the wolves than take any blame. I mean, this chick stole from her grandma. What kind of monster is she?
    Why not include Aliens… makes just as much defense as the one that they are giving. Ms. Anthony is guilty. Period. So many stories. So many lies. So many cover ups.
    I’ll be interested to see how Lawyer Baez gets from the drowning to the duct tape over the child’s mouth and nose. Unlike the chlorophorm etc. in the trunk of the car, there isn’t much room for alternate explanations of the tape.
    Quite frankly, I have seen enough. She is as guilty as sin and that child obviously did not die because of an accidental drowning in the grandfather’s swimming pool. That man was a professional law enforcement officer and would have done the right thing, especially if it was an accident. The defense is building up for a temporary insanity defense, and I am surprised her parents don’t strangle her for what is being alleged. This case has all the makings of the Simpson trial, except Casey Anthony is not rich and her defense team is getting all kinds of publicity.

    June 5, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy

    @Anthony's Case Posts:

    There is a whole blog on this subject: the 'IN SESSION" blog.
    It is everything Casey Anthony.
    Please, I implore you, go to that blog.
    Remember, it is called

    "IN SESSION"

    Every story is about this case.
    Go there, and
    Thank You!

    June 5, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Anthony's Case Posts

    A single hair that shows evidence of decomposition was similar to that of Casey Anthony's 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, an FBI evidence analyst testified at the Orlando, Florida, woman's trial Saturday.

    Investigators found the hair in the trunk of Casey Anthony's car. Prosecutors are trying to link the hair to Caylee as evidence that her body was in the car.

    But defense attorney Jose Baez attacked FBI trace evidence examiner Karen Lowe's findings as little more than unreliable opinion in a morning of fitful testimony that produced frequent objections and huddles among the attorneys out of earshot of the jury.

    A crime scene investigator, the operator of a towing company and members of Anthony's family all have testified they smelled a bad odor coming from Anthony's car after it was found abandoned in a parking lot on June 27, 2008, then towed four days later.

    Caylee was last reported seen by her family on June 16, 2008, but no one alerted police until July 15, 2008 - after the girl's grandmother tracked Anthony down and demanded answers. Caylee's skeletal remains were found in December 2008

    June 5, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy

    See, it cut and pasted that from the In Session blog.

    I just f'd myself.

    I MEANT TO BLOG THERE, NOT CUT & PASTE IT HERE!!!!!!

    June 5, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sandyk

    WOW congratulations banasy I think you are the first person it has responded to, even if in an offhanded way!

    June 6, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar The Chorizo Champ Of Chihuahua

    Election day is on Sunday? I've heard they do that in other countries, to make it easier for everyone to vote. The powers that be would rather discourage voting in the U.S.

    June 6, 2011 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. Ellis from Panama

    I'm gay. I eat chorizo.

    June 6, 2011 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
  10. Ellis from Panama

    Busy night downtown corners. Sore knees,lips,and tongue. But I earned a $Bundle.

    June 6, 2011 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  11. Ellis from Panama

    Cesar chorizo,I saw you with a massive one in your mouth in the alley Did you make out all right$$$$??

    June 6, 2011 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
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