Correspondent in Lisbon
Portugal loses the historic former Portuguese president Jorge Sampaio, who died at the age of 81 on the outskirts of Lisbon this Friday, September 10. The one who was the equanimous socialist mayor of the Fado capital later left his imprint of consensus for 10 years at the head of the presidency of the Republic, that is why his death has resulted in a great impact on the other side of the border.
Respiratory difficulties joined his heart failure to draw a difficult medical picture, which forced him to leave his summer stay in the Algarve to be transferred to the Santa Cruz hospital, in the Lisbon area of Carnaxide.
With him traveled his political achievements and his spirit, which had left its mark on its characteristic ability to reach agreements with other political forces since the dialogue was his main axiom.
Promoted to leader of Socialist Party in 1989 and, from then on, the elegance of his forms opened up until he succeeded Mario Soares in the Palace of Belém. A stage divided into two, given that the presidential terms span five years in Portugal and he lasted from 1996 to 2006. He served at the same time as José María Aznar was President of the Government in Spain, although in the last two years he coincided with his contemporary socialist José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.
Jump to international organizations
But, after his presidential term, Sampaio made the leap to international organizations, in which he continued to sow harmony. Thus, he became a special envoy of the UN for the Fight against Tuberculosis and high representative of the United Nations for the Alliance of Civilizations between 2007 and 2013.
His latest mission had to do with the Global Platform for Syrian Students, which was set up eight years ago with the intention of reinvigorating the academic training of young people in that country after the humanitarian disaster that led thousands of refugees to leave. thence.
Jorge Sampaio was able to remember his university filming at the time when the Carnation Revolution It changed the face of Portugal, when he gained experience in leftist arc formations before joining the socialist ranks in 1978, attracted by the immeasurable figure of Mario Soares.
In this way, the political stripes of a former president highly appreciated by the Portuguese are contextualized, as recalled by the current tenant of the chair, the conservative Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
King Felipe VI will attend the State Funeral Ceremonies for former President Sampaio that will take place this Sunday, September 12, in Lisbon.