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  • The current prime minister was born in Lisbon, into a family that actively militated against the dictatorship of António de Oliveira Salazar: his father was a communist writer with origins in the former colony of Goa (India) and his mother a journalist and trade unionist.

the socialist Antonio Costa (Lisbon, 1961), 60 years old, was facing high-risk elections and has won them with flying colors, improving his result from the last elections, which will allow him to access his third term.

The actual Prime Minister He was born in Lisbon, in a family that actively militated against the dictatorship of António de Oliveira Salazar: his father was a communist writer with origins in the former colony of Goa (India) and his mother a journalist and trade unionist.

Costa was interested in politics from a young age and joined the socialist youth at age 14, when he was already putting up posters. Years later he decided to enroll in the Faculty of Right, where he directed the student association, and came to join the law firm of former president Jorge Sampaio. He entered Parliament in 1991 and held various internal positions in the Socialist Party.

Before becoming prime minister, Costa was already Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Internal Administration and Justice in the cabinets led by António Guterres and José Sócrates; parliamentary spokesman and even vice-president of the European Parliament. But popularity came to him as mayor of Lisbon. He recovered the City Council of the capital for the socialists in 2007 and achieved two absolute majorities, until leaving the mayor’s office in 2015 to compete for the Government.

incombustible politician

The socialist is a tireless politician who turned around a defeat in 2015 and formed Government with an unprecedented pact of the left, adds this Sunday another conquest by winning the elections despite the failure of his last cabinet in the middle of the legislature and an exhausting pandemic. Costa played everything this Sunday. If in 2019, after four comfortable years with the support of the “geringonça”, he was the obvious favorite in the polls, this time the polls did not make it clear that the socialist could win again at the polls.

His closest circle did not doubt his audacity in difficult times, but after six years of government, two in a pandemic, the word “tired” began to sound. However, Costa has overcome his umpteenth crisis.

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Married -his wife has accompanied him throughout the campaign- and with two children, the socialist leader, recognized as tireless worker, pragmatic and temperamental has a new challenge ahead: leading Portugal on the path to recovery after the pandemic.

Before the legislature broke down, Costa had other plans. Rumors placed him in Brussels in a couple of years. Now, he assures that “he will not turn his back” on his constituents. An admirer of Britain’s Winston Churchill and Russia’s Mikhail Gorbachev and a fan of Benfica, the socialist leader only lacks one position on his resume: the Portuguese Presidency. Do you see yourself as president? He was asked in a recent interview. “No, I am certain that it is a position that I will never hold.”


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