António de Almeida Santos

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António de Almeida Santos, GCL (born in Seia, Cabeça, 15 February 1926), is a Portuguese lawyer, politician, parliamentary and minister in several occasions.


António de Almeida Santos is a jurist who graduated as a Licentiate in Law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra in 1950. In 1952 he went to Lourenço Marques, Overseas Province of Mozambique (now Maputo, Mozambique) where he was a lawyer from 1953 to 1974 and a Member of the Group of Democrats of Mozambique. In the year of 25 de Abril revolution in Portugal, he returned to Lisbon.

As an Independent he was Minister of the Interterritorial Coordination in the first four Provisional Governments, of the Social Communication in the 6th, and Minister of Justice in the 1st Constitutional Government of Mário Soares. In those functions he entered the Socialist Party (PS) in its 2nd Congress. In the 2nd Constitutional Government he was the Adjoint Minister to the Prime Minister of Portugal Mário Soares and in the 6th Constitutional Government he was Minister of State and of Parliamentary Affairs. He was also the President of the Parliamentary Group of PS between 16 October 1992 and 10 November 1993, and the President of PS in 1992, reelected in 1994.

He was elected the 10th President of the Assembly of the Republic in the 7th and 8th Legislatures (31 October 1995 - 4 April 2002).

António de Almeida Santos is also a Member of the Portuguese Council of State since 1985, as the President of the Assembly of the Republic from 31 October 1995 to 4 April 2002, and from then on as a Member elected by the Assembly of the Republic.


He was decorated with the Grand Cross of the Order of Liberty.

In 2003 he was awarded the North-South Prize.


He is married and has issue. One of his daughters died of a drug overdose[citation needed], the reason why he became an active element in the fight against drugs[citation needed]. He defends drug legalization.[1]

One of his maternal grandsons is Edmundo Vieira, who was a contest singer at the Portuguese Operação Triunfo.


  • Os Presidentes do Parlamento (Presidents of the Portuguese Parliament), Assembly of the Republic
  1. ^ Almeida Santos, António de. Que Nova Ordem Mundial?. Campo da Comunicação, 2008. p. 143.