Praia, Sep 16 (Inforpress) – António Mascarenhas Monteiro, the first Democratically elected Cabo Verdean Head of State in 1991 and re-elected for another term in 1996, passed way on September 16, 2016, of cancer.
António Manuel Mascarenhas Gomes Monteiro was born on February 16, 1944 in Ribeira da Barca, in the municipality of Santa Catarina, Santiago Island.
Graduated in Law in Belgium, where he also became a university professor, before he went through Guinea-Conakry, where he joined the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cabo Verde (PAIGC), then led by Amílcar Cabral.
After independence, he was secretary general of the National Assembly between 1977 and 1980. In 1980, he was appointed president of the Supreme Court of Justice of Cabo Verde.
After the adoption of multiparty system in 1990, he announced his candidacy for the Presidency of the Republic of Cabo Verde, winning the elections in 1991, supported by the Movement for Democracy (MpD).
He was President of the Republic of Cabo Verde from March 22, 1991 to March 22, 2001, and was the first president elected through democratic elections through universal suffrage and by direct and secret vote.
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