[OPE-L:1590] A modest step forward for socialist economists in

Jurriaan Bendien (djjb99@worldonline.nl)
Mon, 25 Oct 1999 21:37:57 +0100

In last Sunday's Portuguese parliamentary elections, the Left
Block obtained 2,5% of the votes and will form a new parlamentary
group with two MPs.
The Block is a movement bringing together the PSR (Portuguese
section of the Fourth International), the UDP (ex-Maoist) and many
This represents a significant increase in the number of votes
(130,000, more than doubling the 60,000 in June's European
election). The vote profile remains almost unchanged - young and

Francisco Louçã ("Chico") from the PSR and Luis Fazenda from the
UDP were elected in the Lisbon region, where the Block has the
best result (4,9%). Fazenda is the leading person of UDP and he
has already some experience as MP - the UDP had one place on the
Comunist Party list in 1991. In addition, he was one of the most
enthusiastic defenders on the idea of forming this radical left
unity in the beginning of 1999. [PD]

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