José Manuel Coelho

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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".[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

Coelho was New Democracy's candidate for the Presidency in the 2011 election.[1] 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),[2] of which he became the vice-president.[3] He was a candidate for the 2011 parliamentary election, but the PTP won only 0.3% of the vote.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ (Portuguese) Bernardes, Lília (29 December 2010). "José Manuel Coelho é o novo candidato à Presidência". Diário de Notícias. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  2. ^ (Portuguese) "PCP e Bloco de Esquerda serão os meus aliados preferenciais - José Manuel Coelho". Diário de Notícias. 12 March 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  3. ^ (Portuguese) "José Manuel Coelho quer "varrer deputados corruptos" da AR". Público. 30 April 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2011.