Portugal’s centre-right coalition government wins general election.

Portugal’s centre-right coalition government has won the country’s general election behind an improving economy which weathered austerity measures.

The new government however appears to have fallen short of a crucial outright majority in parliament.

With 99 percent of districts reporting, the government had 37 percent compared with 32 percent for the main opposition centre-left Socialist Party.

The result therefore means the government is likely to be out-numbered in the 230-seat chamber by left-of-centre members of parliament who could block its policy proposals.

IN OTHER NEWS; North Korea has released and deported a South Korean citizen who was arrested back in April for illegally entering into the country.

21-year-old Joo Won-moon, a student at New York University who holds a US green card, was repatriated through the border truce village of Panmunjom on the inter-Korean border today.

The release of Joo comes just days before the North celebrates the 70th anniversary of the ruling Workers’ Party which will hold on Saturday.

Joo was caught crossing from the Chinese side of the Yalu River. He had admitted violating North Korean law but said he had been treated well by the North.



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