Mota Amaral

Mota Amaral

João Bosco Soares da Mota Amaral (born Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, Azores, 15 April 1943), is a Portuguese politician. He served as the first President of the Autonomous Regional Government of the Azores from 1976 to 1995.


He earned a Master's degree in Law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon and is a Doctorate honoris causa in Economic Sciences from the University of the Azores.

He integrated the Liberal Wing, led by Francisco Sá Carneiro, and was elected a Deputy to the National Assembly in 1969.

He was one of the Founders of the then Popular Democratic Party (PPD) in May 1974, a month after the Carnation Revolution, together with Francisco Sá Carneiro, Francisco Pinto Balsemão, Joaquim Magalhães Mota, Carlos Mota Pinto, Alberto João Jardim, António Barbosa de Melo and António Marques Mendes, being responsible for the Foundation of the branch of Azores, becoming a Deputy to the Constituint Assembly and to the Assembly of the Republic in all legislatures.

He was the first President of the Azores from 1976 to 1995.

He was the Vice-President of the Assembly of the Portuguese Republic in the 7th and the 8th Legislatures (30 October 1995 - 4 April 2002) and a Member of the Delegation of the Assembly of the Republic to the Parliamentary Assembly of the European Council and the Western European Union in the same Legislatures, reintegrating them into the 10th.

He was President of the Assembly of the Republic of Portugal from 9 April 2002 to 9 March 2005.

He was also a Member of the Portuguese Council of States from 1982 to 1995 and the President of the Azores again from 9 April 2002 to 9 March 2005 as the President of the Assembly of the Republic.


He has never been married and has no children.[1]


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