Carlos Carvalhas

Carlos Alberto do Vale Gomes Carvalhas, GCC (born in São Pedro do Sul, 9 November 1941) is a Portuguese economist and politician[1] and former Secretary-General of the Portuguese Communist Party (1993–2004), succeeding the historical leader Álvaro Cunhal.[2]

Carlos Carvalhas
Secretary-General of the Portuguese Communist Party
In office
5 December 1992 – 27 November 2004
Preceded byÁlvaro Cunhal
Succeeded byJerónimo de Sousa
Member of the Assembly of the Republic
In office
3 June 1976 – 12 November 1980
In office
31 May 1983 – 9 March 2005
Personal details
Carlos Alberto do Vale Gomes Carvalhas

(1941-11-09) 9 November 1941 (age 80)
São Pedro do Sul, Portugal
Political partyPortuguese Communist Party
Spouse(s)Maria Manuel Lopes Marques Leal
ChildrenTwo children
Parent(s)António José Bandeira Carvalhas (father)
Esmeraldina do Céu Gomes Quaresma (mother)
Alma materTechnical University of Lisbon

He was born to António José Bandeira Carvalhas (Baiões, São Pedro do Sul, 22 April 1915 – 4 February 1999) and Esmeraldina do Céu Gomes Quaresma (b. Moldes, Arouca, 9 July 1917). His father was a businessman and owner of the warehouse Discomer that served as a food retailer for the local shops.

He was a deputy of the Assembly of the Republic for two time periods[3] and was a candidate for the Portuguese presidency in 1991, where he received 635,373 votes (12.92%).

On 5 October 2004, he announced his intention to resign. He was replaced by Jerónimo de Sousa on 27 November 2004, at the 17th Congress of the PCP.

His late second cousin was married to the 3rd Viscount of São Pedro do Sul.

Electoral resultsEdit

Summary of the 13 January 1991 Portuguese presidential election results
Candidates Supporting parties First round
Votes %
Mário Soares Socialist Party, Social Democratic Party 3,459,521 70.35
Basílio Horta Democratic and Social Centre 696,379 14.16
Carlos Carvalhas Portuguese Communist Party, Ecologist Party "The Greens" 635,373 12.92
Carlos Marques People's Democratic Union 126,581 2.57
Total valid 4,917,854 100.00
Blank ballots 112,877 2.21
Invalid ballots 68,037 1.33
Total (turnout 62.16%) 5,098,768
Source: Comissão Nacional de Eleições


  1. ^ Reuters (14 January 1991). "Soares Is Re-elected in Portugal". The New York Times. p. 3. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
  2. ^ "Álvaro Cunhal, 91, Portuguese Communist leader". The New York Times. 14 June 2005. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
  3. ^ "Biografia". Retrieved 18 September 2017.