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Thu, 01 Jul 2010 16:59 - Updated Thu, 01 Jul 2010 16:58

Nationalist Paulo Teixeira Jorge is a moral reserve - governor


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Kuito - The governor of central Bié province, Manuel de Boavida Neto, said Thursday, in Kuito, that the nationalist and MP Paulo Teixeira Jorge is and will always be a moral reserve for the party which seeks for freedom, justice, solidarity, humanism and works for people’s welfare.

The first secretary of the ruling MPLA party in Bié said so during a ceremony of mourning in homage to the nationalist and MP, Paulo Teixeira Jorge, who died of disease  Saturday in Luanda.

He said that the death of the prominent nationalist is a great loss to the Angolan people, especially the MPLA militants.

According to the official, Paulo Teixeira Jorge managed, in his generation, to pass down to the young people the attitude, the character of excellent militant of MPLA, in favour of the party's growth and in defence of the best interests of the nation.

Married and father of two, Paulo Teixeira Jorge was born in central Benguela province, in 1934, did his first and secondary education in Benguela and Luanda, respectively.

In 1956, he enrolled with the University, attending the first year of Geo-physics, before changing to the course of chemical engineering.

In the same year, he joined to MPLA party, motivated by Arménio Ferreira and started to participate in the clandestine and anti-fascists activities, having been arrested twice for a few days, by PIDE-DGS (Portuguese political police) in 1961 and 1962.

From 1963 to 1965 he worked in a factory in Paris (France), to support himself and at the same time he developed political activity under MPLA.

In 1965, he was MPLA representative to Egypt and in 1967 and to Algeria.In 1969, he was transferred to the 2nd military and political region, where he was appointed MPLA representative to Congo.

In 1971, in the eastern region, he was nominated director of MPLA Department of Information.

In 1974, he was chosen to lead the talks for Angolan independence, with the Portuguese authorities.

In 1976, he became secretary of the Presidency for Foreign Affairs. In the same year, he was appointed Foreign Affairs minister of the People Republic of Angola.

In 1977 he was elected member of MPLA Central Committee and in 1980 was  elected Provincial People's Assembly of Bié and later National People’s Assembly member.

In 1978 he was appointed secretary of the Central Committee for Co-operation, having served from 1993 to 1994 as governor of central Benguela province. In 1995, he was appointed MPLA secretary for Foreign Affairs until his death.