António de Spínola

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António de Spínola

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Oil painting by Duarte Pimentel
14th President of Portugal
In office
May 15, 1974 – September 30, 1974
Prime MinisterAdelino da Palma Carlos
Vasco Gonçalves
Preceded byAmérico Tomás
Succeeded byFrancisco da Costa Gomes
Governor of the Portuguese Guinea
In office
May 20, 1968 – August 30, 1973
PresidentAmérico Tomás
Personal details
BornApril 11, 1910
Estremoz, Portugal
DiedAugust 13, 1996(1996-08-13) (aged 86)
Lisbon, Portugal
Awards
Signature
Military service
Allegiance Portugal
Branch/serviceMilitary flag of Portugal Portuguese Army
Years of service1920–1974, 1981
Rank
  • General (effective)
  • Field Marshal (honorific)
Commands
Battles/wars

António Sebastião Ribeiro de Spínola was a Portuguese military officer.

During the Carnation Revolution, Marcelo Caetano would only surrender to Spínola. This gave Spínola an important place after the revolution. He was made president of the National Salvation Junta. Then he became President of Portugal. He was only President 4 months before Francisco da Costa Gomes took the position.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Antonio de Spinola, 86, a Bridge to Democracy for the Portuguese". New York Times. 14 August 1996. Retrieved 26 Sep 2016.