List of political parties in Portugal

This article lists political parties in Portugal. The Portuguese political scene has been dominated by the Socialist Party and the Social Democratic Party since the 1974 Carnation Revolution, although the CDS – People's Party has been present in some governments and the Portuguese Communist Party in coalition with The Greens holds the presidency of several municipalities.

The parties, as of 2019, represented in the Assembly of the Republic are the Socialist Party (108 MPs), the Social Democratic Party (79 MPs), the Left Bloc (19 MPs), the Communist Party (10 MPs), the CDS – People's Party (5 MPs), the People-Animals-Nature (3 MPs), the Ecologist Party "The Greens" (2 MPs), the CHEGA (1 MP), and the Liberal Initiative (1 MP). LIVRE also elected one MP, Joacine Katar Moreira, who abandoned the party and became an independent MP, the same happened to one of the 4 original MPs of the People-Animals-Nature party in 2020. Several other parties are represented in the legislatures of the autonomous regions, the Legislative Assembly of the Azores and the Legislative Assembly of Madeira.

General overview

Political posters in 1975.

This list presents all the existing parties recognized by the Portuguese Constitutional Court.[1]

  • The Rise Up! (E) is a far-right nationalist party with little political expression. It was called National Renewal Party (Partido Nacional Renovador) until July 2020 when it changed its name to Rise Up! (Ergue-te).
  • The Together for the People (JPP) was formed as an independent movement for the local elections of 2013 in the municipally of Santa Cruz in Madeira. Transformed into a political party in 2015 in order to contest the regional elections in Madeira.
  • The Socialist Alternative Movement (MAS) was formed in 2000 as a Portuguese Trotskyist political organization and it is the result of a merger between the Left Revolutionary Front (FER - Frente da Esquerda Revolucionária), and the young activists of the student movement Ruptura. The Ruptura/FER activists integrated the Left Bloc since its formation. In 2011, the movement split from the Left Bloc and formed a new party called Socialist Alternative Movement that was approved by the Constitutional Court in July 2013.

National political parties

Parties represented in the Assembly of the Republic

Political party Main ideology Position Leader Affiliation MPs MEPs Ref.
Eur. EP group Intl.
PS Socialist Party
Partido Socialista
Social democracy Centre-left António Costa PES S&D PA
108 / 230
9 / 21
PPD/PSD Social Democratic Party
Partido Social Democrata
Liberal conservatism Centre-right Rui Rio EPP EPP CDI
79 / 230
6 / 21
B.E. Left Bloc
Bloco de Esquerda
Democratic socialism Left-wing to far-left Catarina Martins PEL
19 / 230
2 / 21
PCP Portuguese Communist Party
Partido Comunista Português
Marxism–Leninism Left-wing to far-left Jerónimo de Sousa GUE/NGL IMCWP
10 / 230
2 / 21
CDS–PP CDS – People's Party
CDS – Partido Popular
Conservatism Centre-right to
Francisco Rodrigues dos
5 / 230
1 / 21
PAN People-Animals-Nature
Animal welfare Syncretic Inês Sousa Real APEU
3 / 230
PEV Ecologist Party "The Greens"
Partido Ecologista "Os Verdes
Eco-socialism Left-wing Collective leadership EGP Greens/EFA GG
2 / 230
Right-wing populism Right-wing to far-right André Ventura ID
1 / 230
IL Liberal Initiative
Iniciativa Liberal
Classical liberalism Centre-right to right-wing João Cotrim de Figueiredo ALDE
1 / 230

Parties without representation in the Assembly of the Republic

Political party Main ideology Position Leader Affiliation Ref.
Eur. EP group Intl.
Eco-socialism Centre-left to left-wing Collective leadership DiEM25
Greens/EFA [28][29]
A Alliance
Personalism Centre-right Paulo Bento [30]
PCTP/MRPP Portuguese Workers' Communist Party
Partido Comunista dos Trabalhadores Portugueses
Anti-revisionism Far-left Unknown [31]
RIR React, Include, Recycle
Reagir, Incluir, Reciclar
Universalism Syncretic Vitorino Silva [32][33][34][35]
E Rise Up!
Portuguese nationalism Far-right José Pinto Coelho AENM [36][37][38][39]
MPT Earth Party
Partido da Terra
Green conservatism Centre-right Pedro Soares Pimenta EPP WEP [40][41]
NC We, the Citizens!
Nós, Cidadãos!
Social liberalism Centre-right Joaquim Rocha Afonso [42][43]
PDR Democratic Republican Party
Partido Democrático Republicano
Populism Centre Bruno Fialho EDP Renew [44]
PURP United Party of Retirees and Pensioners
Partido Unido dos Reformados e Pensionistas
Pensioners' rights Centre Fernando Loureiro [45][46]
JPP Together for the People
Juntos Pelo Povo
Regionalism Centre Filipe Sousa [47]
PPM People's Monarchist Party
Partido Popular Monárquico
Monarchism Right-wing Gonçalo da Câmara Pereira ECPM IMC [48][49][50][51]
PTP Portuguese Labour Party
Partido Trabalhista Português
Democratic socialism Centre-left to left-wing Amândio Madaleno [52]
MAS Socialist Alternative Movement
Movimento Alternativa Socialista
Trotskyism Left-wing Gil Garcia [53]
VP Volt Portugal
Volt Portugal
Pro-Europeanism Centre to centre-left Tiago de Matos Gomes Volt [54]

Extinct parties

This list presents the parties and coalitions of the current Third Republic that were once recognized by the Portuguese Constitutional Court but ceased to exist. It is organized by political spectrum and alphabetical order (in Portuguese).


Left-wing to far-left





  • Democratic Alliance - AD (Aliança Democrática)
  • Association for the Defense of the Interests of Macau - ADIM (Associação para a Defesa dos Interesses de Macau)
  • New Democracy Party – PND (Partido da Nova Democracia)
  • Portuguese Party of the Regions - PPR (Partido Português das Regiões)



Historical parties

This list includes the defunct political parties that never reached the Third Republic, in chronological order.

Constitutional Monarchy (1834–1910)

First Republic (1910–1926)

Ditadura Nacional (1926–1933)

Estado Novo (1933–1974)

Although the Estado Novo was a dictatorship, with the National Union being legally the only party, the opposition was sometimes allowed to compete in (sham) elections; other parties were constituted underground or in exile.

See also


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