António Costa

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António Costa
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Leader of the Opposition
Assumed office
28 September 2014
Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho
Preceded by António José Seguro
Secretary-General of the Socialist Party
Assumed office
22 November 2014
Preceded by António José Seguro
Mayor of Lisbon
In office
1 August 2007 – 6 April 2015
Preceded by Marina Ferreira (Acting)
Succeeded by Fernando Medina
Minister of State
In office
12 March 2005 – 17 May 2007
President Jorge Sampaio
Aníbal Cavaco Silva
Prime Minister José Sócrates
Minister of the Internal Administration
In office
12 March 2005 – 17 May 2007
Prime Minister José Sócrates
Preceded by Daniel Sanches
Succeeded by Rui Pereira
Minister of Justice
In office
25 October 1999 – 6 April 2002
Prime Minister António Guterres
Preceded by José Vera Jardim
Succeeded by Celeste Cardona
Minister of Parliamentary Affairs
In office
25 November 1997 – 25 October 1999
Prime Minister António Guterres
Preceded by Manuel Dias Loureiro
Succeeded by Luís Marques Mendes
Personal details
Born António Luís dos Santos da Costa
(1961-07-17) 17 July 1961 (age 54)
Lisbon, Portugal
Political party Socialist Party
Spouse(s) Fernanda Tadeu (1987–present)
Children Pedro
Alma mater University of Lisbon

António Luís dos Santos da Costa, GCIH (born 17 July 1961 in Lisbon) is a Portuguese lawyer and politician who has been Mayor of Lisbon from 2007 to 2015. Previously he was Minister of Internal Administration from 2005 to 2007. He was elected as general secretary of the Socialist Party in September 2014.

António Costa is of Goan descent through his father, the writer Orlando da Costa.[1]

Political career[edit]

Costa was a Member of the European Parliament for the Socialist Party (PES), heading the list for the 2004 European elections after the dramatic death of top candidate António de Sousa Franco. On 20 July 2004 he was elected as one of the 14 Vice-Presidents of the European Parliament. He also served on the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.

Costa resigned as an MEP on 11 March 2005 to become Minister of State and Internal Administration in the government of José Sócrates following the 2005 national elections.

Mayor of Lisbon, 2007-2015[edit]

António Costa resigned all government offices in May 2007 to become his party's candidate for the municipality of Lisbon. He was elected as Lisbon's mayor on 15 July 2007 but resigned in 2015 to become general secretary of the Socialist Party.

Candidate for Prime Minister, 2015[edit]

In September 2014, the Socialist Party chose Costa as its candidate to be Prime Minister of Portugal in the 2015 national elections; in a ballot to select the party's candidate, gaining nearly 70 percent of the votes, he defeated party leader António José Seguro, who announced his resignation after the result.[2] By April 2015, he stepped down as mayor to focus on his campaign.[3]

During the campaign, Costa pledged to ease back on austerity and give more disposable income back to households.[4] He proposed to boost incomes, hiring and growth in order to cut the budget deficits while scrapping austerity measures and cutting taxes, asserting that would still allow deficits to reduce in line with the Euro convergence criteria.[5] Also, he pledged to roll back a hugely unpopular hike in value added tax on restaurants and reinstate some benefits for civil servants.[6]

Personal life[edit]

António Costa is of partial Goan descent through his father, the writer Orlando da Costa. His mother was the writer Maria Antónia Palla. His brother by his father's second marriage is the journalist Ricardo Costa.

Married in 1987 to Fernanda Maria Gonçalves Tadeu, the couple have a son and a daughter.


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