In course of time there emerged from this presbyterial body a Primus inter pares, i.e.
He takes precedence, Primus inter pares, of all the members, and is recognized as the official head of the Church during his term of office.
The two first of these were vested in the sovereign, who might be a woman, and who shared the legislative power with two chambers, the Camara dos Pares or House of Peers, and the Camara dos Deputados or House of Commons; these were collectively styled the Corks Geraes, or more briefly the Conies.
The members of the governing body were styled :lures (jurati), pairs (pares) or echevins (scabini).
All the great rivals of Abdalmalik having now disappeared, he was no longer like his predecessors primes inter pares, but dominus.