silence and half-mast flag mark ceremony in Lisbon – O Jornal Económico

The silence and the half-mast flag marked the ceremony of the 109th anniversary of the Republic's establishment, in the Lisbon City Hall.

The solemn act of October 5 was also short and silent, as it coincided with the day of reflection for the legislative elections, which take place on Sunday.

The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, arrived today at the City Hall at 09:00, having been received by the Mayor of Lisbon, Fernando Medina.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa received Military Honors to the sound of the National Anthem, played by the Republican National Guard Band.

After the Military Honors, the head of state, the Speaker of the Assembly of the Republic, Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues, the Mayor of Lisbon, the Speaker of the Municipal Assembly, Helena Roseta, and the city councilmen went to the balcony of the Noble Hall, where the national flag was raised.

In the act, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa left the national flag only half-mast, out of respect for Diogo Freitas do Amaral, founder of the CDS and former minister, who died on Thursday at 78.

Freitas do Amaral was born in Póvoa de Varzim on July 21, 1941. He was leader of the CDS, a party he helped found on July 19, 1974, Deputy Prime Minister and minister in various governments.

The politician was part of Democratic Alliance (AD) governments between 1979 and 1983, and later PS, between 2005 and 2006, after leaving the CDS in 1992.

The celebrations ended with the explanation of the original score of the National Anthem, which is displayed in the hall of the City Hall, by the director of the Presidency Museum, Maria Antónia Pinto de Matos.

The ceremony of October 5 this year was adjusted to a shorter format, without public intervention, to be held on the eve of the legislature, ending at 09:30 sharp.

October 5 was again a national holiday in 2016 – it had been eliminated in 2013 by the previous PSD / CDS-PP Government – and is one of four annual dates on which the head of state has protocol speeches, along with April 25, June 10th and New Year's Day.

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