Corporative Chamber
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Corporative Chamber
São Bento Palace, seat of the Corporative Chamber, and now of the Assembly of the Republic of Portugal.

The Corporative Chamber (Portuguese: Câmara Corporativa) was one of the two parliamentary chambers established under the Portuguese Constitution of 1933, the other being the National Assembly. Unlike the directly elected National Assembly, it had a purely consultative, rather than legislative role.

The creation of the Corporative Chamber was part of corporatist philosophy advocated by Salazar and adopted by the Estado Novo. Its function was to represent the various economic, cultural, social, and other corporations.

The Corporative Chamber met in the former Senate chamber of the São Bento Palace. It was composed of members elected by the various types of Portuguese corporations, including:

  • Provinces and Municipalities;
  • Universities and Schools;
  • Trade Unions;
  • Economic Organizations and Employers;
  • Social Welfare Organizations.


The presidents of the Corporative Chamber were the following from 1935 to 1974:[1]

Term No. Portrait Name
Term of office Political party
Took office Left office Time in office
I 1 No image.png Eduardo Augusto Marques
10 January 1935 10 June 1944 9 years, 152 days National Union
2 Domingos Fezas Vital - GazetaCF 1290 1941.jpg Domingos Fezas Vital
25 November 1944 25 November 1946 2 years, 0 days National Union
3 No image.png José Gabriel Pinto Coelho
25 November 1946 25 November 1949 3 years, 0 days National Union
V 4 Marcello caetano.jpg Marcelo Caetano
25 November 1949 8 July 1955 5 years, 225 days National Union
5 No image.png João Pinto da Costa Leite
28 November 1955 28 November 1957 2 years, 0 days National Union
VII 6 No image.png Luís Supico Pinto
28 November 1957 16 November 1973 15 years, 353 days National Union
(renamed People's National Action in 1970)
XI 7 No image.png Mário Júlio de Almeida Costa
(born 1927)
16 November 1973 25 April 1974 160 days People's National Action

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References and footnotes

  1. ^ "Estado Novo - Presidentes da Assembleia Nacional e da Câmara Corporativa" (PDF). Assembleia da República. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 April 2018. Retrieved 2018.Alt URL

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