|Prime Minister of Portugal|
26 November 2015
|President|| Aníbal Cavaco Silva |
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa
|Deputy|| Eduardo Cabrita |
Pedro Siza Vieira
|Preceded by||Pedro Passos Coelho|
|Secretary-General of the Socialist Party|
22 November 2014
|Preceded by||António José Seguro|
|Leader of the Opposition|
22 November 2014 –26 November 2015
|Prime Minister||Pedro Passos Coelho|
|Preceded by||António José Seguro|
|Succeeded by||Pedro Passos Coelho|
|76th Mayor of Lisbon|
1 August 2007 –6 April 2015
|Preceded by||Carmona Rodrigues|
|Succeeded by||Fernando Medina|
|Minister of the Internal Administration|
12 March 2005 –17 May 2007
|Prime Minister||José Sócrates|
|Preceded by||Daniel Sanches|
|Succeeded by||Rui Pereira|
|Minister of Justice|
25 October 1999 –6 April 2002
|Prime Minister||António Guterres|
|Preceded by||José Vera Jardim|
|Succeeded by||Celeste Cardona|
|Minister of Parliamentary Affairs|
28 October 1995 –25 October 1999
|Prime Minister||António Guterres|
|Preceded by||Luís Filipe Menezes|
|Succeeded by||Luís Marques Mendes|
|Member of the Assembly of the Republic|
23 October 2015 –26 November 2015
6 October 1991 –13 June 2004
20 July 2004 –11 March 2005
António Luís Santos da Costa
17 July 1961
|Relations||Ricardo Costa (brother)|
|Residence||São Bento Mansion|
|Alma mater||University of Lisbon|
António Luís Santos da Costa GCIH (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈɐ̃ˈtɔnju ˈkɔʃ.tɐ] ; born 17 July 1961) is a Portuguese lawyer and politician serving as the 119th and current Prime Minister of Portugal since 26 November 2015, presiding over the XXI (2015–2019) and XXII Constitutional Governments (2019–present). Previously, he was Minister of Parliamentary Affairs from 1995 to 1999, Minister of Justice from 1999 to 2002, Minister of Internal Administration from 2005 to 2007, and Mayor of Lisbon from 2007 to 2015. He was elected as Secretary General of the Socialist Party in September 2014.
Costa was born in 1961 in São Sebastião da Pedreira, Lisbon, the son of writer Orlando da Costa (born in Maputo to a family of Goan extraction) and of journalist Maria Antónia Palla.
Costa graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon in the 1980s, when he first entered politics and was elected as a Socialist deputy to the municipal council. He completed the mandatory military service in 1987and later practiced law briefly from 1988, before entering politics full-time.
Costa's first role in a Socialist government was as Minister of Parliamentary Affairs under Prime Minister António Guterres between 1997 and 1999. He was Minister of Justice from 1999 to 2002.
Costa was a Member of the European Parliament for the Socialist Party (PES), heading the list for the 2004 European elections after the dramatic death of top candidate António de Sousa Franco. On 20 July 2004 he was elected as one of the 14 Vice-Presidents of the European Parliament. He also served on the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.[ citation needed ]
Costa resigned as an MEP on 11 March 2005 to become Minister of State and Internal Administration in the government of José Sócrates following the 2005 national elections.[ citation needed ]
António Costa resigned all government offices in May 2007 to become his party's candidate for the municipality of Lisbon, Portugal's capital city. He was elected as Lisbon's mayor on 15 July 2007 and reelected in 2009 and 2013, with a bigger majority each time. In April 2015 he resigned his duties as a mayor, while he was already the Secretary General of the Socialist Party and the party's candidate for Prime Minister, so that he could prepare his campaign for the October 2015 general elections.
In September 2014, the Socialist Party chose Costa as its candidate to be Prime Minister of Portugal in the 2015 national elections; in a ballot to select the party's candidate, gaining nearly 70 percent of the votes, he defeated party leader António José Seguro, who announced his resignation after the result.By April 2015, he stepped down as mayor to focus on his campaign.
During the campaign, Costa pledged to ease back on austerity and give more disposable income back to households.He proposed to boost incomes, hiring and growth in order to cut the budget deficits while scrapping austerity measures and cutting taxes for the middle and lower classes, asserting that would still allow deficits to reduce in line with the Euro convergence criteria. Also, he pledged to roll back a hugely unpopular hike in value added tax on restaurants and reinstate some benefits for civil servants.
On 4 October 2015, the conservative Portugal Ahead coalition that had ruled the country since 2011 came first in the elections winning 38.6% of the vote, while the Socialist Party came second with 32.3%. Passos Coelho was reappointed Prime Minister the following days, but António Costa formed an alliance with the other parties on the left (the Left Bloc, the Portuguese Communist Party and the Ecologist Party "The Greens"), which altogether constitute a majority in Parliament, and toppled the government on 10 November (the People–Animals–Nature party also voted in favour of the motion of rejection presented by the left alliance). After toppling the conservative government, Costa was chosen as the new Prime Minister of Portugal by President Cavaco Silva on 24 November and assumed office on 26 November.
Since coming to power, Costa's government has managed to combine fiscal discipline with measures to support growth, while reversing most of the austerity policies imposed by the previous center-right administration during the 2010–13 debt crisis.
By March 2017, polls put support for Costa's Socialists at 42 percent, up 10 points from their share of the vote in the 2015 election and close to a level that would give them a majority in parliament were the country to vote again.In the 2017 local elections, Costa further consolidated power in Portugal as his party captured a record haul of 158 town halls out of the country's 308 cities and towns; nationwide, the Socialists’ vote share topped 38 percent, again up from their result in the 2015 parliamentary election.
During his tenure, Portugal experienced its deadliest wildfires ever, firstly in Pedrogão Grande in June 2017 (65 dead) and later across the country in October 2017 (41 dead).In October 2017, the opposition People's Party (CDS) launched a motion of no-confidence in Costa's government over its failure to prevent the loss of human lives in the lethal Iberian wildfires, the second such disaster in four months; the motion was largely symbolic as the minority Socialist government continued to be backed in parliament by two left-wing parties. In early 2019, Costa's government survived another opposition motion of no confidence lodged over a wave of public sector strikes.
Ahead of the 2019 national elections, Costa ruled out a coalition government with the hard left if, as expected, his governing Socialist Party won the election but fell shy of a parliamentary majority. Instead, he indicated he favored a continuation of the current pact in parliament with the Communists and/or the Left Bloc – rather than any formal coalition in which they would have government ministers.
In 1987, Costa married Fernanda Maria Gonçalves Tadeu, a teacher.The couple have a son and a daughter.
Costa is a supporter of S.L. Benfica,being a frequent attendant to the games as Lisbon mayor, as opposed to Sporting Lisbon's. He also accompanied Benfica to both Europa League finals, in 2013 and 2014.
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|2017||India||Pravasi Bharatiya Samman||President of India||Public Services|
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