António José Seguro

António José Martins Seguro (born 11 March 1962) is a Portuguese politician for the Socialist Party (PS). Seguro was Secretary General of the PS from 2011 until September 2014, and he was the leader of the largest opposition party in the Portuguese Parliament.

António José Seguro
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Secretary-General of the Socialist Party
In office
23 July 2011 – 28 September 2014
PresidentAntónio de Almeida Santos
Maria de Belém Roseira
Preceded byJosé Sócrates
Succeeded byAntónio Costa
Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister
In office
3 July 2001 – 8 April 2002
Prime MinisterAntónio Guterres
Preceded byArmando Vara
Succeeded byJosé Luís Arnaut
Assistant Secretary of State to the Prime Minister
In office
25 November 1997 – 20 July 1999
Prime MinisterAntónio Guterres
Preceded byLuís Marques Guedes
Succeeded byVitalino Canas
Secretary of State for Youth Affairs
In office
28 October 1995 – 25 November 1997
Prime MinisterAntónio Guterres
Preceded byMaria do Céu Ramos
Succeeded byMiguel Fontes
Personal details
Born (1962-03-11) 11 March 1962 (age 60)
Penamacor, Portugal
Political partySocialist Party
Spouse(s)Margarida Maldonado Freitas
ChildrenMaria Margarida
Alma materLisbon University Institute
Autonomous University of Lisbon

Early life and educationEdit

Seguro was born on 11 March 1962 in Penamacor. He entered politics at a very young age and became a member of the Portuguese Socialist Party (PS) as a youth. He attended the 1st cycle program in business organization and management at the ISCTE – Lisbon University Institute, but he did not graduate. Seguro has a degree in international relations awarded later by the Autonomous University of Lisbon.


Seguro became involved in political activities from a very young age, always linked to the Socialist Party (PS). He was successively secretary general of Socialist Youth, president of the National Youth Council and chairman of the Youth Forum of the European Communities. He was first elected to the Portuguese Parliament in 1991, and again eight years later. In 1995, the Socialist Party won the parliamentary elections, leaving the leader António Guterres to form a government. Seguro initially was Secretary of State for Youth and later assistant secretary of State's prime minister. After a cabinet reshuffle he was promoted to Deputy Minister of the Prime Minister. He also played the role of coordinator of the Standing Committee of the Portuguese Socialist Party and president of the Municipal Assembly of Penamacor. In 1999, António Guterres's PS again won the legislative elections and formed the XIV Constitutional Government, but Seguro moved to other functions. The former cabinet member was elected deputy to the European Parliament, between July 1999 and July 2001. In these two years, serving in the parliament, he was an effective member of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs (in these functions he was co-author of the Report on the Treaty of Nice and the Future of the European Union) and a substitute for the Commission for Employment and Social Affairs. He was also president of the Delegation for Relations with Central America and Mexico, vice president of the Socialist Group in the European Parliament and president of the Portuguese Socialist delegation. After leaving Parliament, he returned to the parliament, being reelected in the elections of 2002. He was also appointed member of the National Secretariat of the Socialist Party. After the municipal elections of December 2002, he accumulated these positions with membership in the Municipal Assembly of Gouveia.[1]

After Prime Minister José Sócrates resigned as PS General Secretary on the election night of 5 June 2011, having lost the general election by a margin higher than expected, Seguro was elected leader of the party on 23 July 2011, winning 68% of the vote; his challenger, Francisco Assis, got 32%.[2]

Electoral historyEdit

PS leadership election, 2011Edit

Ballot: 23 July 2011
Candidate Votes %
António José Seguro 23,903 67.98
Francisco Assis 11,257 32.02
Total valid 35,160 100.00
Blank Ballots 216 0.61
Invalid Ballots 151 0.43
Total 35,527

PS leadership election, 2013Edit

Ballot: 13 April 2013
Candidate Votes %
António José Seguro 24,843 96.53
Aires Pedro 892 3.47
Total valid 25,735 100.00
Blank Ballots 687 2.57
Invalid Ballots 303 1.13
Turnout 26,725 62.10

PS prime ministerial primary election, 2014Edit

Ballot: 28 September 2014
Candidate Votes %
António José Seguro 55,928 31.54
António Costa 120,188 67.77
Total valid 176,116 100.00
Blank Ballots 657 0.37
Invalid Ballots 577 0.32
Turnout 177,346 70.72


  1. ^ António José Seguro, In Infopédia [Em linha]. Porto: Porto Editora, 2003–2012. [date retrieved: 23 April 2012].
  2. ^ (in Portuguese) António José Seguro eleito líder do PS Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine, Económico (July 2011)
  3. ^ "Casinos Com Rodadas Gratis". Archived from the original on 11 August 2014.