Carlos Mota Pinto

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Carlos Mota Pinto
107th Prime Minister of Portugal
In office
22 November 1978 – 1 August 1979
(252 days)
President António Ramalho Eanes
Deputy Manuel Jacinto Nunes
Preceded by Alfredo Nobre da Costa
Succeeded by Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo
Deputy Prime Minister of Portugal
In office
9 June 1983 – 15 February 1985
Prime Minister Mário Soares
Preceded by Diogo Freitas do Amaral
Succeeded by Rui Machete
President of the Social Democratic Party
In office
4 April 1984 – 7 May 1985
Preceded by Nuno Rodrigues dos Santos
Succeeded by Aníbal Cavaco Silva
Minister of Defence
In office
9 June 1983 – 15 February 1985
Prime Minister Mário Soares
Preceded by Ricardo Bayão Horta
Succeeded by Rui Machete
Minister of Commerce
In office
25 March 1977 – 30 January 1978
Prime Minister Mário Soares
Preceded by António Barreto
Succeeded by Basílio Horta
Personal details
Born (1936-07-25)25 July 1936
Pombal, Portugal Portugal
Died 7 May 1985(1985-05-07) (aged 48)
Coimbra, Portugal Portugal
Political party Social Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Maria Fernanda Correia
Alma mater University of Coimbra
Occupation Jurist, professor

Carlos Alberto da Mota Pinto, GCC, GCIP, (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈkaɾluʃ aɫˈbɛɾtu dɐ ˈmɔtɐ ˈpĩtu]; Pombal, 25 July 1936 – Coimbra, 7 May 1985) was a Portuguese professor and politician.[1]


He graduated as a Licentiate in Law and Doctorate in Judicial Sciences from the Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra. He was also a Professor at the Portuguese Catholic University and several foreign universities. Still today, his doctrine is very influential in the Portuguese legal community, mainly in what comes to Civil Law.

After the Carnation Revolution, on 25 April 1974, he helped in the foundation, jointly with Francisco Sá Carneiro, Francisco Pinto Balsemão, Joaquim Magalhães Mota, João Bosco Mota Amaral, Alberto João Jardim, António Barbosa de Melo and António Marques Mendes, of the Popular Democratic Party (PPD, today PSD). He was elected Deputy to the Constituent Assembly and to the Assembly of the Republic (the name of the Assembly has its origins in a Mota Pinto's proposal) for PPD. Having distanced himself from Sá Carneiro, they would reconcile (at the time of Sá Carneiro's death they both supported the same presidential candidate, Soares Carneiro). He would again return to the party to serve as Vice-President in 1983 and President in 1984 and 1985.

He was also Minister for Commerce and Tourism in the 1st Constitutional Government (1976–1977), Prime Minister of the 4th Constitutional Government between 1978 and 1979 when he was appointed by then President António Ramalho Eanes, Vice-Prime Minister and Minister for Defense of the 9th Constitutional Government (the Central-Bloc) from 1983 to 1985.

He died suddenly during 1985, in Coimbra, days before the Congress that gave the Presidency of the party to Aníbal Cavaco Silva.


He was awarded with the Grand Crosses of the Order of Christ and the Order of Public Instruction.


He married Maria Fernanda Cardoso Correia and had three sons:


  1. "CARLOS MOTA PINTO, 48, JURIST; SERVED AS PORTUGAL'S PREMIER". The New York Times. 8 May 1985. Retrieved 4 July 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
Political offices
Preceded by
Alfredo Nobre da Costa
Prime Minister of Portugal
Succeeded by
Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo