Manuel Monteiro

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Manuel Monteiro
Member of the Assembly of the Republic
Elections: 1985, 1995
In office
27 October 1995 – 24 October 1999
Constituency Braga District
In office
4 November 1985 – 12 August 1987
Constituency Porto District
President of People's Party
In office
22 March 1992 – 22 March 1998
Preceded by Diogo Freitas do Amaral
Succeeded by Paulo Portas
President of New Democracy Party
In office
Preceded by Office created
Succeeded by Joel Viana
Personal details
Born Manuel Fernando da Silva Monteiro
(1962-04-01) 1 April 1962 (age 55)
Anissó, Vieira do Minho, Portugal
Political party Independent
Other political
New Democracy Party (2003-2008)
CDS - People's Party (1978-2003)
Alma mater Catholic University of Portugal
Lusíada University
Profession Jurist

Manuel Fernando da Silva Monteiro (Anissó, Vieira do Minho, 1 April 1962) is a Portuguese jurist, professor and former politician.

Early years[edit]

Manuel Monteiro started his political life during his youth. He was elected president of the People's Youth (then called Centrist Youth) in 1986.

Political career[edit]

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.[1] 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.,[2] being succeeded by Paulo Portas,[3] 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[edit]

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.


  1. ^ Pennings, Paul; Lane, Jan-Erik (1998). Comparing party system change. Routledge. p. 212. ISBN 978-0-415-16550-1. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Biezen, Ingrid van (2003). Political parties in new democracies: party organization in Southern and East-Central Europe. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 58. ISBN 978-1-4039-0307-5. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Magone, José María (2003). The politics of southern Europe: integration into the European Union. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 144. ISBN 978-0-275-97787-0. Retrieved 5 July 2011.