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Sat, 10 Jan 2009 08:38 - Updated Sat, 10 Jan 2009 08:38

Remains of PLD leader expected in Luanda


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Luanda – The remains of the leader of the opposition Liberal Democrat Party (PLD), Anália de Victória Pereira, who passed away Wednesday in Lisbon (Portugal) of illness, are expected Saturday evening in Luanda.

The information was released by PLD information secretary, Artur Sapalo, who would not add details of the funeral he said will take place on Monday at Luanda’s “Alto das Cruzes Cemetery”.

Anália de Victória Pereira was born in Luanda on October 3, 1941. She started her political career in 1975, when she left for Portugal, where she founded PLD in 1983.

After 16 years in exile, the deceased politician returned to Angola in 1991, legalised her party and stood for the country’s first multiparty election of September 1992, from which PLD obtained three parliamentary seats.

A National Assembly (Parliament) MP, Anália de Victória Pereira was the first Angolan woman to stand for the presidential election in the 1992 polls. She was also member of the Council of the Republic, a head of State’s consulting organ.

In the September 2008 election, PLD failed to obtain the minimum number of votes required by law and is therefore among the political parties threatened with extinction.