O This Friday, the prime minister reacted to the death of former President of the Republic Jorge Sampaio, announcing that the “Council of Ministers will decree three-day national mourning.”

“My first words are addressed to Dr. Maria José Rita, her children Vera and André, her brother Daniel, all their family, friends, the Socialist Party and all those who throughout their lives worked, lived together and shared life with Dr. Jorge Sampaio. To everyone, with everyone, I share a deep feeling of sadness and loss at this time,” said António Costa in a communication made from São Bento.

The governor praised the “same civic sense of militancy, of conviction with which, in 1962, [Sampaio] it assumed the leadership of the student movement to fight the dictatorship, and in recent years, no longer having any official function, it assumed the task of launching a large international platform so that Syrian refugees could continue their university studies.”

For Jorge Sampaio, he continued, “the exercise of multiple political positions was always and only one more way to exercise his citizenship. He was a member of the government during the difficult times of the provisional governments, he was a passionate deputy, a parliamentary leader at a time when democracy was already was consolidated”.

He was elected and reelected President of the Republic “honoring the motto with which he ran: ‘One for all and all for one’

Throughout his career, Sampaio was elected and re-elected President of the Republic “honoring the motto with which he ran: ‘One for all and all for one'”, recalled the head of Government.

António Costa also announced that the Council of Ministers, meeting electronically, will decree national mourning for a period of three days, “for tomorrow [sábado], Sunday and Monday”.

António Costa and Jorge Sampaio© Leonel de Castro / Global Images

“In contact with the family”, he explained, the dates, places and time of the different moments of the funeral ceremonies of Jorge Sampaio will also be announced shortly.

We all bow in the memory of someone who was an example”

“On behalf of the Government, and I am sure that on behalf of the generality of the Portuguese, I offer my heartfelt condolences to the family, and we all bow in the memory of someone who was an example, a fighter for freedom, for democracy and who was so prestigious , with its ethical verticality, our political life”, he concluded, in an emotional speech.

Portugal says goodbye, this Friday, to Jorge Sampaio. The former President, who was seen as a discreet, patient and conciliatory politician, died today at 81 years of age. He was a lawyer, had a long life of political intervention that began, as a student, as one of the protagonists of the academic crisis in the 1960s.

At the end of this morning, in a note sent to the newsrooms, the prime minister’s office confirmed that national mourning was decreed on September 11, 12 and 13, 2021.

Review the Prime Minister’s declaration to the country here:

[Notícia atualizada às 14h11]

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