Freitas do Amaral, former minister and founder of CDS, died

  • ECO News
  • 3 October 2019

Freitas do Amaral was a CDS leader, Interim Prime Minister, Minister in left and right governments and President of the UN General Assembly.

The former president and founder of CDS, Diogo Freitas do Amaral, died this Thursday of bone cancer. He was 78 years old. The professor of Law was admitted to the intermediate care in the CUF Hospital in Cascais since September 17th.

In 1974, Freitas do Amaral founded the CDS and presented itself as a center and Christian Democrat force, but quickly positioned itself to the right of the national political spectrum. Between 1979 and 1983 was part of the Democratic Alliance (AD) and later of the Socialist Party (PS), between 2005 and 2006, after leaving the CDS in 1992.

The politician was also the first Portuguese to preside over the United Nations General Assembly, a position he held between 1995 and 1996, generating expressions of congratulation in various political quarters.