Joaquim Magalhães Mota

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Joaquim Jorge de Magalhães Saraiva da Mota (November 17, 1935 in Santarém, São Salvador – September 26, 2007 in Lisbon), was a Portuguese lawyer and politician.


He was a son of Elói do Nascimento Saraiva da Mota (July 2, 1907 in Lisbon, São Vicente de Fora – February 11, 2000 in Lisbon) and wife Miquelina Augusta Flor de Magalhães (b. Guarda, Sé, March 14, 1914).


He was a Licentiate in Law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon.

He started his career as a lawyer.

He was a Member of the Liberal Wing (Ala Liberal), at the fascist National Assembly, during Marcelo Caetano's government, that came to an end in 1974. After the 25 April 1974, he was one of the four Co-Founders of the Popular Democratic Party (Partido Popular Democrático), with Francisco de Sá Carneiro, Francisco Pinto Balsemão, Carlos Mota Pinto, João Bosco Mota Amaral, Alberto João Jardim, António Barbosa de Melo and António Marques Mendes. The party later changed its name to Social Democratic Party. He was Minister of Internal Affairs, in the I Provisional Government, led by Adelino da Palma Carlos, from May 15 to July 17, 1974. He also became a Deputy at the Portuguese Assembly of the Republic. From 1976 to 1978 was the Secretary-General of PSD. He later left the party and was a member of the Independent Social Democratic Action and the Democratic Renovator Party.

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