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Masked, socially distanced and each given their own pen to avoid spreading germs, Portugal headed to the polls on Sunday to vote for the largely ceremonial post of the president even as coronavirus cases reach record levels.

Axar.az reports that opinion polls show that the incumbent, President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa of the center-right Social Democratic Party, is likely to win with ease.

Voters queued up as polls opened in the Lisbon parish of Santo Antonio, guided by red stickers on the ground marking the two-meter gap.

Just under two-thirds of Portuguese thought, the election should have been postponed because of the pandemic, according to a poll conducted last week by research institute ISC/ISCTE.

Pollsters predict record abstention of 60-70% in part because hundreds of thousands of voters are themselves in quarantine.

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2021.01.24 / 21:14
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