Jorge Coelho, a politician and ex-minister, died this Wednesday at the age of 66, following a car accident near Coimbra, confirmed the Observer. The President of the Republic was one of the first to react, showing himself shocked by the death of the socialist.
President of the Republic in “shock” with the death of Jorge Coelho. Marcelo recalls “very own style” and “great affability”
The former governor was Deputy Minister and of Internal Administration in the XIII Constitutional Government, by António Guterres. But it was as Minister of State and Social Equipment that marked Portuguese political life by immediately resigning after the fall of the bridge that connected Entre-os-Rios and Castelo de Paiva and which caused more than 60 fatalities.
In the Assembly of the Republic, he was a deputy for the PS from 1987 to 1995. And when he arrived at the Socialist Executive of Guterres, a minority government that succeeded the two majorities of Cavaco Silva, he was famous for the expression: “Whoever messes with the PS takes”.
The socialist background joined the party in 1982. He has always maintained a strong connection to the PS, but since the government of António Guterres he was removed from the more active political life. In 2007 he was invited to the management of Mota-Engil, having been president of the construction company until 2013, a position he abandoned invoking fatigue. He returned to administration, but without executive functions, in 2018, a position he still held.
Jorge Coelho returns to the management of Mota-Engil, five years after resigning as president
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Jorge Coelho was part of the program “Quadratura do Círculo”, at SIC Notícias, for several years, and later in “Circulatura do Quadrado”, at TVI24 and TSF, which he left last year for personal reasons.
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