José Manuel Coelho
Jose Manuel Vieira Coelho da Mata (born Santa Cruz, 22 July 1952) is a Portuguese politician. He was a member of the Portuguese Communist Party until 1999, and still calls himself a communist "who evolved". He was substitute deputy of the Legislative Assembly of Madeira for the New Democracy Party, taking office in 2008. He became famous for the incident in which he showed a Nazi flag to the Parliament as a protest against the Social Democratic Party refusing to commemorate the Carnation Revolution.
Coelho was New Democracy's candidate for the Presidency in the 2011 election. He won 4.5% of the vote, coming fifth, which was considerably better than expected or forecast by pre-election polling. In Madeira, Coelho reached second place, with 39% of the votes. In March 2011, he joined the Portuguese Labour Party (PTP), of which he became the vice-president. He was a candidate for the 2011 parliamentary election, but the PTP won only 0.3% of the vote.
- (Portuguese) Bernardes, Lília (29 December 2010). "José Manuel Coelho é o novo candidato à Presidência". Diário de Notícias. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
- (Portuguese) "PCP e Bloco de Esquerda serão os meus aliados preferenciais - José Manuel Coelho". Diário de Notícias. 12 March 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
- (Portuguese) "José Manuel Coelho quer "varrer deputados corruptos" da AR". Público. 30 April 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
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