Diogo Pinto Freitas do Amaral was born in Póvoa de Varzim on July 21, 1941. He died today of a 78-year-old long-term illness. "One of the fathers of Portuguese democracy", thus considers the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
Diogo Freitas do Amaral, was former president and historic founder of the CDS, a party he helped to found on July 19, 1974, ministered in various governments and joined the governments of the Democratic Alliance (AD) from 1979 to 1983, and most of the PS, between 2005 and 2006.
After leaving the CDS in 1992, he occupied the Foreign Affairs portfolio, where he gave great impetus to economic diplomacy.
Professor Diogo Freitas do Amaral has been hospitalized since September in intermediate care at CUF Hospital in Cascais because of bone cancer. The death was confirmed by the CDS.
Professor of Law, he has marked the history of national politics at various times. He was a candidate for the Presidency of the Republic, in an electoral race that he played with Mario Soares.
Government will decree national mourning on funeral day
António Costa, as prime minister, mourned the death of the founder and first leader of the CDS and said the government would decree national mourning on the day of his funeral.
"One of the founders of our democratic regime has just passed away. In the memory of Professor Freitas do Amaral, distinguished academic and distinguished statesman, we bow to him. We offer his family, friends and admirers our heartfelt condolences.", reads a note from Antonio Costa's office.
3rd volume of his political memoirs presented in June
Diogo Freitas Amaral presented in June the 3rd volume of his political memoirs. "Another 35 Years of Democracy – A Unique Path". A 35-year review of Democracy, from 1982 to 2017, with reflection on the unique course of what the President of the Republic considered to be one of the fathers of Portuguese democracy.