Praia, Sep 22 (Inforpress) – Aristides Maria Pereira, first President of the Republic of Cabo Verde after national independence on July 5, 1975, passed away on September 22, 2011, in Portugal, victim of prolonged illness.
Born on November 17, 1923, Aristides Pereira was the first president of the independent Republic of Cabo Verde, a position he held until the democratic elections in 1991, the first free elections in the country.
With the independence of Cabo Verde on July 5, 1975, Aristides Pereira was elected first President of the Republic, however re-elected in the years 81 and 86. He was appointed in 1981 to the post of Secretary General at the 1st PAICV Congress, being in 1983 and 1986, re-elected by the 2nd and 3rd Congresses.
In Angola, Aristides Pereira received the medal of the Agostinho Neto Order and in Cabo Verde, the medal of the Amílcar Cabral Order (1st degree). He is also a Honorary Doctor from the Law Schools of the Universities of Rhode Island (Providence, USA), Sacred Heart, Bridgeport (Connecticut, USA), Usmanu Danfodyo (Sokoto, Nigeria) and the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra (Portugal). He died on September 22, 2011, in Portugal, from a prolonged illness.
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