Portuguese ex-president Mario Soares dies aged 92

The founder of Portugal's Socialist party, Mario Soares spent decades in politicsPortugal’s former president Mario Soares, widely seen as the father of the country’s modern-day democracy, died Saturday aged 92 in Lisbon, a fortnight after being admitted to hospital. The founder of Portugal’s Socialist party, Soares spent decades in politics, serving as president from 1986 to 1996. The hospital did not reveal the precise cause of Soares’s death, but relatives say he never fully overcame a spate of illness in 2013.


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