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|Portuguese presidential election, 2006|
|January 22, 2006|
|Candidate||Aníbal Cavaco Silva||Manuel Alegre||Mário Soares|
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The Portuguese presidential election were held on 22 January 2006 to elect a successor to the incumbent President Jorge Sampaio, who was term-limited from running for a third consecutive term by the Constitution of Portugal. The result was a victory in the first round for Aníbal Cavaco Silva of the Social Democratic Party candidate, the former Prime Minister, won 50.59 percent of the vote in the first round, just over the majority required to avoid a runoff election. Voter turnout was 62.60 percent for eligible voters.
Thirteen citizens sought election officially, but only six gathered the 7,500 signatures required under the constitution to be a candidate in the poll:
All the candidates except for Cavaco Silva are considered to be from the Portuguese political left.
The other potential candidates who, according to the Constitutional Court, did not gather enough signatures, were:
|Portuguese Presidential Election, 2006 - First Round (January 22)|
|Aníbal Cavaco Silva||PSD, CDS/PP||2,773,431||50.54|
|Jerónimo de Sousa||PCP, PEV||474,083||8.64|
|António Garcia Pereira||PCTP/MRPP||23,983||0.44|