Gen. José Loureiro dos Santos, a former national defense minister and former army chief of staff, died in Lisbon on Friday, aged 82, a victim of the disease, the source said.
Born in Vilela do Douro, Sabrosa municipality, in Vila Real district, on September 2, 1936, José Alberto Loureiro dos Santos was Minister of National Defense between 1978 and 1980 in the IV and V Constitutional Governments, headed by Carlos Mota Pinto and Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo, both presidential initiative executives of Ramalho Eanes.
Loureiro dos Santos was Deputy Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, in 1977, and Chief of Staff of the Army.
He was a member of the Council of the Revolution and Minister of National Defense from November 1978 to January 1980 in the IV and V Constitutional Governments, respectively directed by Carlos Mota Pinto and Maria de Lurdes Pintasilgo.
He served two commissions in the Overseas Territories, Angola (1962/1965) and Cape Verde (1972/1974), was secretary of the Council of the Revolution in the hot summer of 1975 and, as major, participated in the planning and execution of the operations that contained the of November 25, 1975. He entered the reserve in 1993.
With extensive academic experience, the former minister and military chief taught at the Institute of Military Superior Studies, where he was a member of the scientific council, and at the Higher Institute of Social and Political Sciences (ISCSP), where he was a member of the Honorary Council.
He was also a member of the Lisbon Academy of Sciences and the General Council of the New University of Lisbon as an external personality.
Loureiro dos Santos was also a writer, with a vast work, and lecturer and gave numerous conferences, having collaborated in various media on geostrategic and geopolitical issues.