Portuguese presidential election, 2001

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Portuguese presidential election, 2001
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Turnout 49.71%
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Candidate Jorge Sampaio Ferreira do Amaral António Simões de Abreu
Party Independent PSD CDU
Alliance PS
Popular vote 2,401,015 1,498,948 223,196
Percentage 55.6% 34.7% 5.2%

Candidate Fernando Rosas António Garcia Pereira
Popular vote 129,840 68,900
Percentage 3.0% 1.6%

President before election

Jorge Sampaio

Elected President

Jorge Sampaio

Coat of arms of Portugal.svg

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The Portuguese presidential election of 2001 was held on 14 January.

The victory of incumbent president Jorge Sampaio was never in doubt and the turnout was therefore quite low (49.71%). Again, the incumbent president was reelected, like what happened with Mário Soares and Ramalho Eanes.

As the re-election of the left-wing president was almost certain, both the Portuguese Communist Party and the Left Bloc, the latter for its first time, presented their own candidates, as their support against the right-wing candidate was not necessary. The Communist Party of the Portuguese Workers also presented its own candidate for the first time in its history, Garcia Pereira.

On the right, Ferreira do Amaral was supported by the two major parties, the Social Democratic Party and the People's Party which, again, could not achieve their old objective of electing a right-wing president for the first time since the Carnation Revolution.


Any Portuguese citizen over 35 years old has the opportunity to run for president. In order to do so it is necessary to gather between 7500 and 15000 signatures and submit them to the Portuguese Constitutional Court.

According to the Portuguese Constitution, to be elected, a candidate needs a majority of votes. If no candidate gets this majority there will take place a second round between the two most voted candidates.


Unsuccessful candidacies[edit]

There were also four candidates rejected by the Portuguese Constitutional Court for not complying with the legal requirement of being proposed by 7500 voters:

  • Pedro Maria Braga;
  • Maria Teresa Lameiro;
  • Josué Rodrigues Pedro;
  • Manuel João Vieira;

These four candidates were present in the draw of the ballot position, but did not appear in the final ballot.


Candidate receiving most votes, per district (Azores and Madeira not shown)
Most voted candidate per municipality
e • d Summary of the 14 January 2001 Portuguese presidential election results
Candidates Supporting parties First round
Votes %
Jorge Sampaio Socialist Party 2,401,015 55.55
Ferreira do Amaral Social Democratic Party, People's Party 1,498,948 34.68
António Simões de Abreu Portuguese Communist Party, Ecologist Party "The Greens" 223,196 5.16
Fernando Rosas Left Bloc 129,840 3.00
António Garcia Pereira Workers' Communist Party 68,900 1.59
Total valid 4,321,899 100.00
Blank ballots 82,391 1.85
Invalid ballots 45,510 1.02
Total (turnout 49.71%) 4,449,800
Source: Comissão Nacional de Eleições
Vote share 1st Round
Jorge Sampaio
Ferreira do Amaral
António Simões de Abreu
Fernando Rosas
António Garcia Pereira


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