Aristides Maria Pereira

( 17 November 1923 - 22 September 2011 )
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Aristides Maria Pereira

Aristides Maria Pereira (Boa Vista, November 17, 1923 - Coimbra, Portugal, September 22, 2011) was a politician from Cape Verde, having been the first president of his country's republic.

He began his professional life working as a radio telegraphist, where he became Head of Telecommunications Services in Guinea-Bissau.

From the 1940s Aristides Pereira became involved in the struggle for independence of Cape Verde. Together with Amílcar Cabral, he founded the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC) in 1956, assuming the position of Secretary General in 1973.

With the conquest of independence in 1975, Aristides Pereira became the first president of the Republic of Cape Verde, a position he held until 1991. In 1991, after democratic elections, Aristides Pereira lost his presidency to António Mascarenhas Monteiro.

He died in Coimbra, Portugal, on 22 September 2011, at the age of 87. He had been in Portugal since the beginning of August, having been operated on in Coimbra following a fractured femur, aggravated by his condition as a diabetic.

He received the Order of Amílcar Cabral Medal - 1st. Degree of Cape Verde, the Grand Collar of the Order of Infante D. Henrique of Portugal on 31 January 1986, the Grand Collar of the Military Order of Sant'Iago da Espada of Portugal on 9 August 1989 and the Medal of the Order Agostinho Neto of Angola.

Honorary Doctor by the Faculties of Law of the Universities of Rhode Island (Providence, USA), Sacred Heart de Bridgeport, and by the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra (Portugal).

Aristides Maria Pereira (Boa Vista, November 17, 1923 - Coimbra, Portugal, September 22, 2011) was a politician from Cape Verde, having been the first president of his country's republic.

He began his professional life working as a radio telegraphist, where he became Head of Telecommunications Services in Guinea-Bissau.

From the 1940s Aristides Pereira became involved in the struggle for independence of Cape Verde. Together with Amílcar Cabral, he founded the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC) in 1956, assuming the position of Secretary General in 1973.

With the conquest of independence in 1975, Aristides Pereira became the first president of the Republic of Cape Verde, a position he held until 1991. In 1991, after democratic elections, Aristides Pereira lost his presidency to António Mascarenhas Monteiro.

He died in Coimbra, Portugal, on 22 September 2011, at the age of 87. He had been in Portugal since the beginning of August, having been operated on in Coimbra following a fractured femur, aggravated by his condition as a diabetic.

He received the Order of Amílcar Cabral Medal - 1st. Degree of Cape Verde, the Grand Collar of the Order of Infante D. Henrique of Portugal on 31 January 1986, the Grand Collar of the Military Order of Sant'Iago da Espada of Portugal on 9 August 1989 and the Medal of the Order Agostinho Neto of Angola.

Honorary Doctor by the Faculties of Law of the Universities of Rhode Island (Providence, USA), Sacred Heart de Bridgeport, and by the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra (Portugal).

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