While [Antonio Ramalho Eanes] is forbidden by law from electioneering while serving as president, his wife, Manuela, campaigned hard throughout the country for the new party, and there was little doubt in the minds of voters that this was the Eanes party. The new party cut deeply into the traditional vote of the Socialists.
That probably does not displease President Eanes, who clashed many times in the past with [Mario Soares] under the Portuguese system that divides powers between the president and prime minister in ambiguous ways. And it seems obvious in Portugal that Eanes would prefer someone besides Soares to succeed him as president.
For [Anibal Cavaco Silva], the expected new prime minister, the election returns, at least on first glance, seem a vindication of an unpopular political step that he took last June. Cavaco Silva, fed up with what he called the extreme leftist policies of Soares, walked out of their two-year coalition in Parliament, forcing parliamentary elections at a time when everyone wanted to concentrate on the presidential elections.