Mayor of Porto
Rui Moreira has been the Mayor of Porto since 2013 and was re-elected for a new term on the 1st October 2017. His election gathered the interest of media worldwide, as he became the first independent candidate to be elected in a major European city, drawing a wave of support from a movement of citizens across the political spectrum. In his words, Porto is his political party. As a columnist and commentator for several newspapers and TV channels, he has been a leading advocate of Porto and Portugal´s Northern Region interests. He is the author of various books on economic, political and other contemporary issues – never fading away from controversy or from an informed and strong defence of the values and principles he believes in. As Mayor, he is committed to prudent and balanced municipal financial management, and leads the city´s management by always considering four pillars: social cohesion, culture, economy and sustainability.