Prime Minister of Portugal
Prime Minister is the current title of the chief of the Portuguese
Portugal , officially the Portuguese Republic is a country situated in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. Portugal is the westernmost country of Europe, and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the West and South and by Spain to the North and East. The Atlantic archipelagos of the...

 Government. As chief executive, the Prime Minister coordinates the action of ministers, representing the Government from the other organs of state, accountable to Parliament and keeps the President
President of Portugal
Portugal has been a republic since 1910, and since that time the head of state has been the president, whose official title is President of the Portuguese Republic ....

 informed. The prime minister can earn the role of head of government with the folders of one or more ministries.

There is no limit to the number of terms as prime minister. This is nominated by the President after legislative elections
Portuguese Legislative Elections
Since 1974, the year of the Carnation Revolution, thirteen legislative elections were held in Portugal.The parliament is usually elected to a four year term, and currently there are 230 Members of the Parliament, elected in Party's lists in 22 constituencies, corresponding to the 18 continental...

, to elect members to the Parliament, after having heard the parties represented in the Parliament. Usually, the named is the leader of the winning party in the elections.

The first Prime Minister of Portugal was Pedro de Sousa Holstein, Marquess of Palmela
Pedro de Sousa Holstein
Dom Pedro de Sousa Holstein, 1st Count, 1st Marquess and 1st Duke of Palmela was one of the most important Portuguese diplomats and statesmen in the first half of the 19th century. He also served as the country's first Prime Minister...

, who was sworn in on 24 September 1834. The title of Prime Minister suffered several changes along the years, having names of differents functions and skills. Some of the names above, the post were: chief minister, chief steward, clerk of the purity, Secretary of State, Secretary of State for Internal Affairs of the Kingdom, assistant minister for Shipping, President of the Council of Ministers, head of the ministry and chairman of the Council. The actual appointment of the prime minister, attributed to the head of the Government of Portugal
Government of Portugal
The Government is one of the four sovereignty organs of the Portuguese Republic. It is also the organ that conducts politics in general in the country and is also the superior body in public administration...

, was officially established with the Constitution of 1976, due to the revolution of 25 April 1974
Carnation Revolution
The Carnation Revolution , also referred to as the 25 de Abril , was a military coup started on 25 April 1974, in Lisbon, Portugal, coupled with an unanticipated and extensive campaign of civil resistance...

The official residence of the Prime Minister, a mansion next to São Bento Palace
São Bento Palace
The Palácio de São Bento , "Saint Benedict's Palace", is the home of the Assembly of the Republic, the Portuguese parliament. It is located in Lisbon. Close to Bairro Alto, the Palace of São Bento was formerly known as the seat of the National Assembly during the Estado Novo regime...

, which, in confusion, is also often called "São Bento Palace".

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