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Thu, 22 Sep 2011 19:01 - Updated Thu, 22 Sep 2011 19:01

Former Cape Verde president dies


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Luanda - The first President of the Republic of Cape Verde, Aristides Pereira, died Thursday at the University Hospital of Coimbra (HUC), in Portugal, Angop learned from an official source.

According to the source, quoted by international media, Aristides Pereira, 87 year old, was in Portugal since early August, having been operated in Coimbra following fracture of the femur neck aggravated by the diabetic condition.

In September 2010, he had been attended in the HUC because of a similar fracture, in his right-hand side, which prompted the placing of prosthesis.

Aristides Pereira was involved in the struggle for Independence of Cape Verde, since 1940.

Along with Amilcar Cabral, he founded the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), in 1956, taking over as its general secretary in 1973.

With the achievement of independence in 1975, Aristides Pereira became the President of the Republic of Cape Verde. He remained as president until 1991.