The Government will decree national mourning for three days, between Saturday and Monday, for the death of Jorge Sampaio, the prime minister announced today.
“The electronic Council of Ministers is currently underway and will decree national mourning for a period of three days for tomorrow, Sunday and Monday and in contact with the family, the dates, places and times of the different moments of the funeral ceremonies that will accompany dr. Jorge Sampaio”, said António Costa.
“On behalf of the Government and the Portuguese, I offer the family my most heartfelt condolences for the memory of someone who was an example and a fighter for freedom and democracy and who has given such prestige to our political life with his ethical verticality,” he said in statements from the Belém Palace this Friday, September 10th.
Jorge Sampaio died today at the age of 81. He was President of the Republic for two terms, between 1996 and 2006. In 1989 he was elected leader of the Socialist Party and at the same time he was elected Mayor of Lisbon, having been re-elected in 1993.
After serving as President of the Republic, he was appointed in 2006 by the secretary-general of the United Nations Special Envoy for the Fight against Tuberculosis and between 2007 and 2013 he was a high representative of the UN for the Alliance of Civilizations, according to “Lusa” .
He currently chaired the Global Platform for Syrian Students, founded by him in 2013 with the aim of contributing to respond to the academic emergency that the conflict in Syria had created, leaving thousands of young people behind without access to education.
Jorge Fernando Branco de Sampaio held, throughout his life, the highest political positions in the country. He began his journey, still a student, as one of the protagonists, at the University of Lisbon, of the academic crisis of the early 60s, which generated a long and widespread movement of student protest against the Estado Novo, until the 25th of April 1974, he recalls the news agency.
A man of the left and a lawyer by training, he defended famous cases, such as the defense of the defendants in the assault on the Barracks of Beja, the case of the `Capela do Rato’, in which dozens of people protesting against the colonial war were arrested.
After April 25, 1974, he militated in left-wing formations, such as the MES, where he crossed paths with Ferro Rodrigues, former PS leader, current president of parliament, and only joined the party founded by Mário Soares in 1978, highlights the “ Portuguese”. Later, he was secretary general of the PS (1989-1992), president of the Lisbon City Council (1990-1995) and President of the Republic (1996 and 2006).