Portugal's ruling coalition 'set for narrow election win'

Opinion polls show Portugal's conservative coalition is on course to win general elections this weekend but seems to lose its majority in parliament

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The coalition led by Pedro Passos is front runner in the election but is set to lose its parliamentary majority, polls show.

Portugal incumbent coalition led by Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho had the support of 38 percent of voters while the opposition Socialist Party is at 32 percent, a poll for the Catholic University released on Thursday.

The Socialists, led by former Lisbon mayor Antonio Costa, are likely to have between 78 and 95 deputies.

According to another poll held in early July, the Socialists slight favorites for the Eurosondagem institute had the government coalition on 37.7 percent, winning between 102 and 108 seats, and the Socialists on 32.7 percent, garnering 89 to 95 seats.  

Since it became a democracy in 1974, it is the toughest election in Portugal, which is still recovering from its 2011 economic crisis when it became the third eurozone country after Ireland and Greece to be bailed out.

TRTWorld and agencies