Carlos Galvão de Melo

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Carlos Galvão de Melo
Carlos Galvão de Melo.jpg
Deputy of the Constituent Assembly
In office
1976 – 2 April 1976
Member of the National Salvation Junta
In office
25 April 1974 – 16 May 1974
Personal details
Born (1921-08-04)4 August 1921
Buarcos, Portugal[1]
Died 20 March 2008(2008-03-20) (aged 86)[2]
Alcabideche, Portugal[1]
Resting place Mangualde[3]
Nationality Portuguese
Political party CDS – People's Party (1976 - ?)[2][4]
Spouse(s) Maria João Vieira das Neves (m. 1926)[1]Sybille Schön (m. 1925–2007)
Military service
Allegiance  Portugal
Service/branch Portuguese Air Force roundel.svg Portuguese Air Force
Rank General[2][5]

Carlos Galvão de Melo (4 August 1921 — 20 March 2008)[1] was a Portuguese military officer from the Portuguese Air Force.


Galvão de Melo was the eldest of nine children[citation needed] of António Augusto Ferreira de Melo and wife Cecília Rosa Teles de Noronha Galvão.[1] One of the members of the National Salvation Junta, after the 25 April 1974,[2] Carnation Revolution that overthrew the Estado Novo ("New State") regime and established democracy in Portugal. He soon became known as one of the most conservative member of the Junta, if not reactionary. Often seen as a far-right politician, in 1980 he was a presidential candidate, but got a very small amount of votes.[citation needed]

In the 1990s, he drew controversy due to his support for the Indonesian annexation of East Timor.[6]

He married twice, firstly to Maria João Vieira das Neves (on 24 June 1926)[1] and secondly to Sybille Schön (16 December 1925[1] - 8 January 2007) (divorced Mrs. Stürken), without issue. From first marriage he had six children.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Carlos Galvão de Melo" (in Portuguese). Geneall. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "General Galvão de Melo encontrado morto em casa". JN (in Portuguese). 21 March 2008. Retrieved 18 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Galvão de Melo é sepultado sábado em Mangualde". Diário Digital (in Portuguese). Lusa. 21 March 2008. Retrieved 18 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Assembleia Constituinte - Intervenções nas sessões" (in Portuguese). Assembly of the Republic. Retrieved 18 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Diário da República II SÉRIE" (PDF). Diário da República. 2nd (in Portuguese) (89): 20724. 8 May 2008. Retrieved 18 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Melo: Fall of FRETILIN only a matter of time, Jakarta Post, 14 January 1994