The Council of State (Portuguese: Conselho de Estado, IPA: [kõˈsɐʎu ðɨ (ɨ)ʃˈtaðu]) is a body established by the Portuguese Constitution to advise the President of the Republic in the exercise of many of his or her discretionary powers.
Although there are notices about the existence of a Council of State in Portugal before 1385, the first permanent regiment for its functioning was established by King Sebastian through his charter of 8 September 1569.
After the 5 October 1910 revolution that established the Republic in Portugal, the Council of State was abolished, not being foreseen in the Constitution of 1911.
The Council of State was reestablished by the Constitution of 1933. It was again not foreseen by the Constitution of 1976. However, it was reestablished in 1984, following the revision of the Constitution of 1982.
Besides summoning and advising the President whenever asked to do so by him/her, according to the Constitution the Council must be summoned by the President before:
- dissolving the Assembly of the Republic and the Legislative Assemblies of the autonomous regions;
- declaring war and making peace, and
- removing the Government.
It must also be summoned by the acting President before:
- setting the date for any election;
- calling an extraordinary sitting of the Parliament;
- appointing the Prime Minister;
- appointing and discharging, upon a proposal from the Govt., the President of the Court of Auditors, the Attorney General and the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces (CGSAF);
- appointing and discharging, upon a proposal from the Govt. and after consulting the CGSAF, an eventual Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces and the Chiefs of Staff of the three armed services;
- exercising the functions of Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces;
- appointing ambassadors and extraordinary envoys (upon a proposal from the Govt.), and
- accrediting foreign diplomatic representatives.
- Ex officio members:
- Five members elected by the Assembly of the Republic
- Five members designated by the President of the Republic
Members of the Council are immune from prosecution: they may not be brought before a court of law without prior agreement of the Council to lift their immunity or they are no longer serving on the Council.
|President of the Republic and chair of the Council||Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa|
|President of the Assembly of the Republic||Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues|
|Prime Minister||António Costa|
|President of the Constitutional Court||João Caupers|
|Ombudsman||Maria Lúcia Amaral|
|President of the Regional Government of Azores||José Manuel Bolieiro|
|President of the Regional Government of Madeira||Miguel Albuquerque|
|Former elected Presidents of the Republic||António Ramalho Eanes|
|Aníbal Cavaco Silva|
|Designated by the President of the Republic||António Damâsio|
|Luís Marques Mendes|
|António Lobo Xavier|
|Elected by the Assembly of the Republic||Carlos César|
|Francisco Pinto Balsemão|
|Former elected President||Mário Soares (1996–2017)|
|Jorge Sampaio (2006–2021)|
|Designated by President Rebelo de Sousa (2016-incumbent)||António Guterres (resigned Nov. 2016)|
|Eduardo Lourenço (died 1 Dec. 2020)|
|Designated by President Aníbal Cavaco Silva (2006-2016)||Leonor Beleza|
|João Lobo Antunes|
|António Bagão Félix|
|Designated by President Jorge Sampaio (1996-2006)||Carlos Carvalhas|
|Ernesto Melo Antunes (died 10 Aug 1999)|
|João Cravinho (2000-2006)|
|José Galvão Teles|
|Maria de Jesus Serra Lopes|
|Elected by Parliament in 2011||Francisco Pinto Balsemão|
|António José Seguro (resigned Sep. 2014)|
|Alfredo Bruto da Costa (replaced Seguro)|
|Luís Marques Mendes|
|Luís Filipe Menezes|
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