Vasco da Gama Fernandes

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His Excellency

Vasco da Gama Fernandes
Photo of Vasco da Gama Fernandes
1st President of the Assembly of the Republic
In office
29 July 1976 – 29 October 1978
Succeeded by Teófilo Carvalho dos Santos
Vice-President of the Constituent Assembly
In office
2 June 1975 – 2 April 1976
Personal details
Born (1908-11-04)4 November 1908
São Vicente, Portuguese Cape Verde
Died 9 September 1991(1991-09-09) (aged 82)
Lisbon, Portugal
Nationality Portuguese
Spouse(s) Maria da Glória Ramos de Ataíde Fernandes
Alma mater University of Lisbon
Profession Lawyer

Vasco da Gama Fernandes GC C, GC L (4 November 1908 - 9 September 1991), was a Portuguese lawyer and politician.[1][2]


He was named after his most remote relative Vasco da Gama.[citation needed]


Vasco da Gama Fernandes was licensee in Law, from the faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon, and became a lawyer and politician. Distinguished as an oppositioner to Estado Novo, being arrested for several times by the political police (PIDE), he joined the Aliança Republicana e Socialista (ARS) and later to the Movimento de Unidade Nacional Antifascista (MUNAF). In 1945, he was one of the founders of the Movimento de Unidade Democrática (MUD), and also of the Partido Trabalhista in 1947 and the Socialist Party (PS) in 1973.[1][2]

After the Carnation Revolution, he was elected a deputy and vice-president of the Constituent Assembly for PS and, when reelected to the Assembly of the Republic, he also became its 1st President from 29 July 1976 to 29 October 1978, also becoming inherently a member of the Portuguese Council of State.[2]

In 1979, he resigned from PS, joining then the Frente Republicana e Socialista (FRS) and later founded the Democratic Renovator Party (PRD). For this party he was again elected deputy in the legislative elections of 1985 and 1987.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Vasco da Gama Fernandes (1908-1991)" (in Portuguese). Assembly of the Republic. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d Assembly of the Republic (November 2008). Vasco da Gama Fernandes - Homenagem ao Primeiro Presidente da Assembleia da República no centésimo aniversário do seu nascimento (PDF) (in Portuguese). Lisbon. p. 24. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 

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