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Francisco Pinto Balsemão

Portuguese politician

Francisco José Pereira Pinto Balsemão (Portuguese pronunciation: [fɾɐ̃ˈsiʃku ˈpĩtu baɫsɨˈmɐ̃w̃]; born 1 September 1937 in Lisbon), is a Portuguese businessman, former journalist and retired politician. He served as Prime Minister of Portugal, from 1981 to 1983.


Francisco Pinto Balsemão

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111th Prime Minister of Portugal
In office
9 January 1981 – 9 June 1983
(2 years and 5 months)
PresidentAntónio Ramalho Eanes
DeputyDiogo Freitas do Amaral
Preceded byFrancisco Sá Carneiro
Succeeded byMário Soares
Member of the Council of State
Assumed office
12 January 2016
Appointed byAssembly of the Republic
PresidentAníbal Cavaco Silva
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa
President of the Social Democratic Party
In office
7 December 1981 – 25 February 1983
Preceded byFrancisco Sá Carneiro
Succeeded byNuno Rodrigues dos Santos
Minister of Social Affairs
In office
3 August 1981 – 4 September 1981
Prime MinisterHimself
Preceded byJoão Morais Leitão
Succeeded byCarlos Macedo
Deputy Minister of the Prime Minister
In office
3 January 1980 – 9 January 1981
Prime MinisterFrancisco Sá Carneiro
Diogo Freitas do Amaral
Preceded byManuel da Costa Brás
Succeeded byBasílio Horta
Personal details
Born (1937-09-01) 1 September 1937 (age 82)
Lisbon, Portugal
Political partySocial Democratic Party
Spouse(s)Maria Mercedes Aliu Presas

Maria Isabel de Lacerda Pinto da Costa Lobo (divorced)
Alma materUniversity of Lisbon
OccupationJournalist, newspaper editor, newspaper administrator, Chief Executive Officer of Impresa media group, Chairman of the European Publishers Council
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