• search
For Quick Alerts
For Daily Alerts

Former Portuguese president Mario Soares passes away

By Ians English

Lisbon, Jan 8: Former Portuguese President Mario Soares died at the age of 92, two weeks after he was admitted to a hospital in Lisbon.

Soares on Saturday died of respiratory complications that left him in a profound coma at Red Cross hospital in Lisbon since December 13 last year, Xinhua news agency reported.

Mario Soares

Sores was widely known in Portugal as one of the founding fathers of the country's democracy after a bloodless coup on Apirl 25, 1974, when the dictatorship of Oliveira Salazar was overthrown.

He served as president from 1986 to 1996 and as prime minister from 1976 to 1978 and from 1983 to 1985. He also served as foreign minister and an MP of the European Parliament. When he served as minister of foreign affairs, he negotiated the Portuguese entry in what is today the European Union.

Born in December 7, 1924, in Lisbon, Soares was a law graduate at Lisbon University and later became a lawyer. He was one of the founders and the first leader of the currently ruling Socialist Party headed by Prime Minister Antonio Costa.

Prime Minister Costa has declared a three-day national mourning from Monday for Soares.

"Today we lost the one who was so often the face and the voice of our freedom. Mario Soares was a man who throughout his life fought for freedom, he did it against the dictatorship, suffering prison, deportation and exile," Costa said.

"The loss of Mario Soares is the loss of someone who would have been irreplaceable in our recent history. We owe him a lot and we will remain forever eternally grateful," he added.

A state funeral for Soares will be held in Lisbon on Tuesday. Costa, who is on an official visit to India, will be absent from the funeral, but he has sent his condolence to Soares' family.


For Daily Alerts
Get Instant News Updates
Notification Settings X
Time Settings
Clear Notification X
Do you want to clear all the notifications from your inbox?
Settings X
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Oneindia sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Oneindia website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more