XXI Constitutional Government of Portugal

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XXI Constitutional Government of Portugal
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cabinet of Portugal
António Costa 2014 (cropped).jpg
António Costa in 2014
Date formed 26 November 2015; 3 years ago (2015-11-26)
People and organisations
President of the Portuguese Republic Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa
Prime Minister António Costa (PS)
Prime Minister's history Former Portuguese Government minister
Former Mayor of Lisbon
Appointed by President Aníbal Cavaco Silva on 24 November 2015
No. of ministers 18 (17 ministers plus the Prime Minister)
Status in legislature Socialist Party (PS) minority government,
supported (confidence and supply) by
Left Bloc (BE), Portuguese Communist Party (PCP) and Ecologist Party "The Greens" (PEV)
Opposition parties
Election(s) Portuguese legislative election, 2015
Predecessor XX Constitutional Government of Portugal

The XXI Constitutional Government of Portugal (Portuguese: XXI Governo Constitucional de Portugal) is the 21st cabinet of the Portuguese government since the establishment of the current constitution. It was established on 26 November 2015 as a Socialist Party (PS) minority government led by Prime Minister António Costa.


After the 2015 legislative election had resulted in a hung parliament, the leader of the Portugal Ahead alliance (PPD/PSD.CDS–PP), then Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho was given the task of forming a new government. However, as his minority government failed to secure support by any other party, notably the Socialist, the Government Programme was rejected by a vote of 123 to 107 deputies, leading to the government's disbandment within less than a month.[1]

In the meantime, Socialist Party secretary-general António Costa had succeeded in securing support for a Socialist minority government by the Left Bloc (B.E.), the Portuguese Communist Party (PCP) and the Ecologist Party "The Greens" (PEV), in a confidence and supply agreement. Subsequently, he was appointed as the new Prime Minister on 24 November 2015.[2] The cabinet members took their oath of office on 26 November 2015.


Ministry Incumbent Party Term
Prime Minister António Costa Socialist Party 26 November 2015
Foreign Affairs Augusto Santos Silva Socialist Party 26 November 2015
Premiership and Administrative Modernization Maria Manuel Leitão Marques Socialist Party 26 November 2015
Finance Mário Centeno Independent 26 November 2015
National Defence José Alberto Azeredo Lopes Independent 26 November 201512 October 2018
João Gomes Cravinho Independent 15 October 2018
Internal Administration Constança Urbano de Sousa Independent 26 November 201518 October 2017
Eduardo Cabrita Socialist Party 21 October 2017
Justice Francisca Van Dunem Independent 26 November 2015
Deputy Minister Eduardo Cabrita Socialist Party 26 November 201521 October 2017
Pedro Siza Vieira Socialist Party 21 October 2017
Culture João Soares Socialist Party 26 November 20158 April 2016
Luís Filipe Castro Mendes Independent 14 April 201615 October 2018
Graça Fonseca Socialist Party 15 October 2018
Science, Technology and Higher Education Manuel Heitor Independent 26 November 2015
Education Tiago Brandão Rodrigues Independent 26 November 2015
Labour, Solidarity and Social Security José António Vieira da Silva Socialist Party 26 November 2015
Health Adalberto Campos Fernandes Independent 26 November 201515 October 2018
Marta Temido Independent 15 October 2018
Planning and Infrastructure Pedro Marques Socialist Party 26 November 2015
Economy Manuel Caldeira Cabral Independent 26 November 201515 October 2018
Pedro Siza Vieira Socialist Party 15 October 2018
Environment (26 November 201515 October 2018)
Environment and Energy Transition (15 October 2018 – )
João Pedro Matos Fernandes Independent 26 November 2015
Agriculture Luís Capoulas Santos Socialist Party 26 November 2015
Sea Ana Paula Vitorino Socialist Party 26 November 2015


  1. ^ Angelique Chrisafis (10 November 2015). "Portuguese MPs force minority government to quit over austerity". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Presidente da República indicou Secretário-Geral do PS para Primeiro-Ministro" (in Portuguese). Presidência da República. 24 November 2015. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
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