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Portuguese presidential election, 2006
January 22, 2006
Cavaco Silva 2007.jpg Replace this image male.svg Mário Soares (2003).jpeg
Candidate Aníbal Cavaco Silva Manuel Alegre Mário Soares
Party PSD Independent PS
Popular vote 2.773.431 1.138.297 785.355
Percentage 50.5% 20.7% 14.3%

Incumbent President
Jorge Sampaio

Aníbal Cavaco Silva


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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:

  • Josué Rodrigues Gonçalo Pedro;
  • Luís Filipe Guerra, leader of the Humanist Party;
  • Teresa Lameiro;
  • Manuela Magno, nuclear physicist;
  • Carmelinda Pereira, leader of the Workers Party of Socialist Unity;
  • Luís Botelho Ribeiro; and
  • Diamantino da Silva;


Candidate receiving most votes, per district (Azores and Madeira not shown)
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Portuguese Presidential Election, 2006 - First Round (January 22)
Candidates Supporting parties Votes %
Aníbal Cavaco Silva PSD, CDS/PP 2,773,431 50.54
Manuel Alegre Independent 1,138,297 20.74
Mário Soares PS 785,355 14.31
Jerónimo de Sousa PCP, PEV 474,083 8.64
Francisco Louçã BE 292,198 5.32
António Garcia Pereira PCTP/MRPP 23,983 0.44
Blank Ballots 59,636
Invalid Ballots 43,149
5,590,132 100.00
  • Registered Voters: 9,085,339
  • Turnout: 61.53%


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