President Cavaco Silva sent condolences to the Family of Dr. António de Almeida Santos

The President of the Republic addressed a message of condolences to the Family of the former Speaker of Parliament, Dr. António de Almeida Santos.

Following is the text of the message from President Cavaco Silva:

"Upon receiving the news of the passing away of Dr. António de Almeida Santos, I address the bereaved Family my very deepest condolences.

A man of causes, an advocate of freedom, António de Almeida Santos was distinguished by his qualities as an eminent jurist, and as the author of several structural bills of our democratic regime.

He was always firmly faithful to the ideals and principles that signalled his life’s path, during which he exercised the highest State functions, with special regard to his duties as Speaker of Parliament.

An exemplary citizen in his drive for the defence of the European model of democracy, Almeida Santos leaves, in all who had the privilege of his acquaintance, the affectionate memory of his cordiality and affability, of his admirable humanistic culture and of his rare endowments as a speaker and a defender of the Portuguese Language.

Aníbal Cavaco Silva"