The former coordinator of the PJ, Gonçalo Amaral, is the name chosen by the Social Democrat Party (PSD) to head the party's list for the forthcoming urban district elections in the town of Olhão, in the south of Portugal.
Gonçalo Amaral, former coordinator of the Department of Criminal Investigation (DIC) for the Portimao PJ, was head of the investigation into Madeleine McCann's disappearance.
According to a PSD official for the Algarve region, the former PJ investigator is open to leading the opposition party in the 2009 municipal elections in spite of his lack of political experience.
Born in the north of the country in the Viseu region, Gonçalo Amaral currently lives in Portimao, but, according to the same PSD official, he has family in Olhão, the town where he will be candidate for the post of mayor, held since 1993 by the socialist Francisco Leal.The chances of Gonçalo Amaral becoming mayor of Olhão are, however, slim, because the town has always been a socialist stronghold: after the Carnation Revolution in 1974, and since the first mayoral elections in 1976, the socialists have been the most popular political group in Olhão elections.
SOS Madeleine McCann