José Manuel Coelho

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José Coelho
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Personal details
Born José Manuel Coelho
(1952-05-22) 22 May 1952 (age 63)
Santa Cruz, Madeira
Political party Portuguese Labour Party

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".[1] 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.[2]

Coelho was New Democracy's candidate for the Presidency in the 2011 election.[3] 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),[4] of which he became the vice-president.[5] He was a candidate for the 2011 parliamentary election, but the PTP won only 0.3% of the vote.


  1. ^ Política - 'Andam a arranjar tachos até para as amantes', Maria Teresa Oliveira, newspaper Sol, 8th January, 2011
  2. ^ PND exibe bandeira Nazi no parlamento, YouTube
  3. ^ Bernardes, Lília (29 December 2010). "José Manuel Coelho é o novo candidato à Presidência". Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "PCP e Bloco de Esquerda serão os meus aliados preferenciais - José Manuel Coelho". Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 12 March 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "José Manuel Coelho quer "varrer deputados corruptos" da AR". Público (in Portuguese). 30 April 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2011.