Jorge Sampaio

Jorge Fernando Branco de Sampaio GColTE GColIH GColL (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʒɔɾʒ(ɨ) sɐ̃ˈpaju] (listen); 18 September 1939 – 10 September 2021) was a Portuguese lawyer and politician who was the 18th President of Portugal from 1996 to 2006. A member of the Socialist Party, a party which he led between 1989 and 1992, he was the mayor of Lisbon from 1990 to 1995 and High-Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations between 2007 and 2013.


Jorge Sampaio

Sampaio in 2003
President of Portugal
In office
9 March 1996  9 March 2006
Prime MinisterAntónio Guterres
José Manuel Barroso
Pedro Santana Lopes
José Sócrates
Preceded byMário Soares
Succeeded byAníbal Cavaco Silva
High-Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations
In office
1 April 2007  1 March 2013
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byNassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser
Mayor of Lisbon
In office
22 January 1990  15 November 1995
Preceded byNuno Krus Abecassis
Succeeded byJoão Soares
Secretary-General of the Socialist Party
In office
15 January 1989  23 February 1992
Preceded byVítor Constâncio
Succeeded byAntónio Guterres
Leader of the Opposition
In office
6 November 1988  23 February 1992
Prime MinisterAníbal Cavaco Silva
Preceded byVítor Constâncio
Succeeded byAntónio Guterres
Personal details
Born
Jorge Fernando Branco de Sampaio

(1939-09-18)18 September 1939
Lisbon, Portugal
Died10 September 2021(2021-09-10) (aged 81)
Lisbon, Portugal
Political partySocialist Party
Spouse(s)Karin Schmidt Dias (div.)
Maria José Rodrigues Ritta
ChildrenVera Ritta de Sampaio
André Ritta de Sampaio
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Alma materUniversity of Lisbon
ProfessionLawyer
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He was an opponent to the dictatorship of Estado Novo, who participated in the student crisis in the 1960s and was a lawyer for political prisoners. When he was President, he had an important role in the 1999 East Timorese crisis and under his presidency, Portugal relinquished its last territory in Asia, Macau, which was handed over to China.