Vasco de Almeida e Costa

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Vasco de Almeida e Costa
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Prime Minister of Portugal
(Interim)
In office
23 June 1976 – 23 July 1976
President Francisco da Costa Gomes
Preceded by José Pinheiro de Azevedo
Succeeded by Mário Soares
Governor of Macau
In office
16 June 1981 – 15 May 1986
Nominated by Francisco da Costa Gomes
Preceded by Nuno de Melo Egídio
Succeeded by Joaquim Pinto Machado
Minister of the Internal Administration
In office
19 September 1975 – 23 July 1976
Prime Minister José Pinheiro de Azevedo
Himself (interim)
Preceded by Alfredo Cândido de Moura
Succeeded by Manuel da Costa Brás
Personal details
Born (1932-07-26)26 July 1932
São Sebastião da Pedreira, Lisbon, Portugal
Died 25 July 2010(2010-07-25) (aged 77)
Lisbon, Portugal
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Maria Claudiana da Costa de Faria Araújo

Vasco Fernando Leotte de Almeida e Costa, GCIH, GCL (b. Lisbon, São Sebastião da Pedreira, 26 July 1932[citation needed] – 25 July 2010), was a Portuguese naval officer and politician who served as Minister of Internal Administration during José Pinheiro de Azevedo's government, between 19 September 1975 and 23 July 1976. He also had an important role during the Portuguese decolonization period. From 23 June 1976 he became interim Prime Minister after Pinheiro de Azevedo suffered a heart attack during his presidential campaign. He remained the 106th Prime Minister of Portugal as an interim official for the rest of Pinheiro de Azevedo's mandate, when he was substituted by the democratically-elected Mário Soares. He was also the 134th Governor of Macau from 16 June 1981 to 15 May 1986.

He was the son of Américo de Almeida e Costa and wife Julieta da Conceição Leotte and married in Viana do Castelo, Meadela, at the Chapel of São Vicente, on 11 January 1959 to Maria Claudiana da Costa de Faria Araújo (b. Viana do Castelo, Meadela, House of o Ameal, 17 May 1935), one of the fourteen children of a couple of Northern Portuguese Nobility, and by whom he had issue.

He died one day before his 78th birthday.

Political offices
Preceded by
José Pinheiro de Azevedo
Prime Minister of Portugal
(Interim)

1976
Succeeded by
Mário Soares
Preceded by
Nuno de Melo Egídio
Governor of Macau
1981–1986
Succeeded by
Joaquim Pinto Machado