Portuguese ex-President Mario Soares passes away

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Jan 2017 08:47:50


LISBON,

Jan 7,

(AFP),

PORTUGAL’S former president Mario Soares, widely seen as the father of the country’s modern-day democracy, died on Saturday aged 92 in Lisbon.


The founder of Portugal’s Socialist party, Soares spent decades in politics, serving as president from 1986 to 1996. He also served as Foreign Minister, Prime Minister and as a European lawmaker. He was admitted to hospital on Dec 13, and although his condition initially showed signs of some improvement, he later fell into a deep coma from which he never recovered.


Born in Lisbon on Dec 7, 1924, Mario Alberto Nobre Lopes Soares was raised in a family opposed to the dictatorship of Antonio Oliveira Salazar.