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CDS is pretty much like a weathervane, it points wherever the wind is blowing. They always opt for dimmed banners, so they can easily be in government. However, the vast majority of their electorate are conservative Christians.

There is a real nationalist party in Portugal, PNR. Their results have grown from less than 5 000 votes in 2002 to more than 17 000 in 2011, but are still far from electing representatives.

A very important party to the right is (was?) the New Democracy Party, formed by a dissident, ex CDS leader, Manuel Monteiro. Monteiro was by far the most popular leader CDS ever had, reaching over 15% of votes at some point. The New Democracy Party got 40 000 votes in the first election it tackled, back in 2005. However, it kept declining ever since and did not present lists to the 2015 elections.

You might find me At The Edge Of Time.

by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Mon Sep 28th, 2015 at 03:57:24 AM EST
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