|Member of the Assembly of the Republic
Elections: 1985, 1995
27 October 1995 – 24 October 1999
4 November 1985 – 12 August 1987
|President of People's Party|
22 March 1992 – 22 March 1998
|Preceded by||Diogo Freitas do Amaral|
|Succeeded by||Paulo Portas|
|President of New Democracy Party|
|Preceded by||Office created|
|Succeeded by||Joel Viana|
|Born||Manuel Fernando da Silva Monteiro
1 April 1962
Anissó, Vieira do Minho, Portugal
|New Democracy Party (2003-2008)
CDS - People's Party (1978-2003)
|Alma mater||Catholic University of Portugal
Manuel Monteiro started his political life during his youth. He was elected president of the People's Youth (then called Centrist Youth) in 1986.
He was the winning candidate of the internal elections of March 1992 in the Democratic and Social Centre, moving the party from the traditional centrist base to the right. His political platform was against a Federal Europe, the Maastricht Treaty and the Economic and Monetary Union of the European Union.
In 1995 he changed the party's name to People's Party. The renamed party won 9% of the popular vote and 15 deputies, at the legislative elections held on 1 October 1995. This represented a partial comeback for the party that had been comprehensively defeated in the elections of 1987 and 1991. Heavy losses in the local elections of 1997, however, led Monteiro to resign., being succeeded by Paulo Portas, his former friend and protégé.
Manuel Monteiro left People's Party in 2002, following a disagreement with Paulo Portas. In June 2003 he founded the New Democracy Party (PND; Partido da Nova Democracia in Portuguese). This new political force never achieved major electoral successes, and Monteiro left the party leadership in November 2008, resigning from its membership two years later. Since then he has been politically inactive.
Professional and academic career
Manuel Monteiro is a licenciate in Law from the Catholic University of Portugal. He worked at the Portuguese Industry Confederation and Banco Comercial Português. He also taught at Tomar Polytechnical Institute and Lusíada University. In 2012 he received a doctorate degree from Lusíada University.
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