Miguel Albuquerque

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Miguel Albuquerque
Miguel Albuquerque in 2017
President of the Regional Government of Madeira
Assumed office
20 April 2015
Vice PresidentPedro Calado (2017–2021)
Preceded byAlberto João Jardim
President of the Social Democratic Party of Madeira
Assumed office
10 January 2015
Preceded byAlberto João Jardim
Mayor of Funchal
In office
1 September 1994 – 21 October 2013
DeputyBruno Pereira
Preceded byVirgílio Pereira
Succeeded byPaulo Cafôfo
Deputy Mayor of Funchal
In office
12 December 1993 – 1 September 1994
PresidentVergílio Pereira
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Madeira
In office
9 October 1988 – 12 December 1993
Personal details
Miguel Filipe Machado de Albuquerque

(1961-05-04) 4 May 1961 (age 63)
Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Political partySocial Democratic Party (1988–present)
Other political
Social Democratic Youth
Elisabete de Albuquerque
(m. 1994; div. 2009)

Sofia Fernandes
(m. 2009)
Alma materUniversity of Lisbon

Miguel Filipe Machado de Albuquerque (born 4 May 1961) is a Portuguese politician of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and the current President of the Regional Government of Madeira. He took office as leader of the PSD of Madeira on 10 January 2015.[2] He was a former mayor (presidente da Câmara in Portuguese) of Funchal, Madeira. Albuquerque likes gardening and used to grow many types of roses in his Rose Garden and the Quinta do Arco.[3][4]

He was indicted in January 2024 for alleged active and passive corruption, embezzlement, receiving or offering undue advantages, abuse of power and influence peddling. The mayor of Funchal, Pedro Calado, and two businessmen were arrested in the same case.[5]

As Mayor of Funchal[edit]

As a mayor he signed an agreement to the twinning of the city of Funchal and Gibraltar on 13 May 2009 by the then mayor of Gibraltar Solomon Levy, who had been an Evacuee during the Evacuation of the Gibraltarian civilian population during World War II from Gibraltar to Madeira. Levy then had a meeting with the then President of Madeira Alberto João Jardim.

In April 2012 Miguel opened a road in St Helier, Jersey, which was named Rue de Funchal, after his native city.[6]

Regional Election[edit]

In the 29 March 2015 regional elections Albuquerque's centre right party PSD have held on to power after an overall majority with 44.4% of the votes and winning 24 seats in the regional parliament. It was the 11th time in a row the PSD has won an absolute majority in Madeira.

Background into the Election[edit]

This election was the first in which PSD's former leader and president of the region, Alberto João Jardim's name did not appear on the ballot, as he stated in 2011, meaning he would step down as the president and leader of PSD-Madeira in 2015. Albuquerque was then elected on 29 December 2014 as president and leader of PSD-Madeira, but he stated that he would not automatically assume the position as president of the Autonomous Region of Madeira without any elections, though parliament was dissolved. In accordance with the law, once parliament is dissolved, the President is obliged go to Lisbon to join a meeting of the Portuguese Council of State and to explain why parliament was dissolved. The president at the time Alberto Joao Jardim was called to attend, which he did and he asked Cavaco Silva, President of Portugal, to call an election in Madeira, which he did so for the 29th of March 2015.



  • Funchal, sobre a Cidade - Colectânea de artigos publicados, Quetzal Editores, 1996;
  • Espelho Múltiplo - Política e Modernidade, Edicarte Editora, 1999;
  • Roseiras Antigas de Jardim, Alêtheia Editora, 2006;
  • Crónicas dum Lugar-Comum, Alêtheia Editora, 2010.



  2. ^ Jorge, Freitas Sousa (10 January 2015). "Albuquerque já tomou posse". Diário de Notícias (Madeira). Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  3. ^ "'Roses Grow on You', says the Mayor of Funchal". Retrieved 2013-09-30.
  4. ^ "Há rosas que sobrevivem na Madeira. As do jardim de Miguel Albuquerque". Retrieved 2016-10-07.
  5. ^ "El presidente de Madeira dice que no dimitirá pese a ser sospechoso formal por corrupción". SWI swissinfo.ch (in Spanish). 2024-01-25.
  6. ^ "St Helier 'twinned' with Madeiran capital Funchal". Retrieved 2013-10-17.
Party political offices
Preceded by President of the Madeira section of the
Social Democratic Party

Political offices
Preceded by Mayor of Funchal
Succeeded by
Preceded by President of the Regional Government of Madeira