Carlos Carvalhas

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Carlos Carvalhas
General Secretary of the Portuguese Communist Party
In office
5 December 1992 – 27 November 2004
Preceded by Álvaro Cunhal
Succeeded by Jerónimo de Sousa
Personal details
Born Carlos Alberto do Vale Gomes Carvalhas
(1941-11-09) 9 November 1941 (age 75)
São Pedro do Sul, Portugal
Political party Portuguese Communist Party
Spouse(s) Maria Manuel Lopes Marques Leal
Children 2 sons
Occupation Politician
Profession Economist

Carlos Alberto do Vale Gomes Carvalhas, GCC (born in São Pedro do Sul, November 9, 1941) is a Portuguese politician[1] and former Secretary-General of the Portuguese Communist Party (1993–2004), succeeding the historical leader Álvaro Cunhal.[2]

He was born to António José Bandeira Carvalhas and Esmeraldina do Céu Gomes Quaresma(b. Arouca, Moldes, July 9, 1917). His father António José Bandeira Carvalhas (São Pedro do Sul, Baiões, April 22, 1915 - 4 February 1999) was a business men and owner of the warehouse Discomer that served as a food retailer for the local shops.

He was a candidate to the Portuguese presidency in 1991, where he received 635,373 votes (12.92%).

On October 5, 2004, he announced his intention to resign. He was replaced by Jerónimo de Sousa on November 27, 2004, at the 17th Congress of the PCP.

His late second cousin was married to the 3rd Viscount of São Pedro do Sul.

Electoral results[edit]

e • d Summary of the 13 January 1991 Portuguese presidential election results
Candidates Supporting parties First round
Votes %
Mário Soares Socialist Party, Social Democratic Party 3,459,521 70.35
Basílio Horta Democratic and Social Center 696,379 14.16
Carlos Carvalhas Portuguese Communist Party, Ecologist Party "The Greens" 635,373 12.92
Carlos Marques People's Democratic Union 126,581 2.57
Total valid 4,917,854 100.00
Blank ballots 112,877 2.21
Invalid ballots 68,037 1.33
Total (turnout 62.16%) 5,098,768
Source: Comissão Nacional de Eleições


  1. ^ Reuters (14 January 1991). "Soares Is Re-elected in Portugal". The New York Times. p. 3. Retrieved 17 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Ãlvaro Cunhal, 91, Portuguese Communist leader". New York Times. 14 June 2005. Retrieved 17 February 2011.