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Portuguese Vote to Pick Premier to Oversee Economic Rebound

  • Country is holding an early general election on Sunday
  • Prime Minister Costa leads a minority Socialist government
A woman casts her vote at Galveias Palace polling station in Lisbon on Jan. 30. 

A woman casts her vote at Galveias Palace polling station in Lisbon on Jan. 30. 

Photographer: Patrica De Melo Moreira/AFP/Getty Images

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Portugal is holding early parliamentary elections on Sunday and will pick a prime minister to oversee the economy’s recovery from the pandemic.

It’s the third time the Portuguese head to the polls since the pandemic started, after a presidential election and local elections in 2021. Masks must be used and voters are asked to bring their own pen. People isolating due to Covid-19 are allowed to leave their homes to take part, preferably between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Voting started at 8 a.m. on Sunday and exit polls will be released at 8 p.m. Lisbon time.