Jorge Sampaio

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Jorge Sampaio

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18th 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 (age 79)
Lisbon, Portugal
Political partySocialist Party
Spouse(s)Maria José Rodrigues Ritta
ChildrenVera Ritta de Sampaio
André Ritta de Sampaio
Alma materUniversity of Lisbon
ProfessionLawyer
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Jorge Fernando Branco de Sampaio, GColTE, GCIH, GColL (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʒɔɾʒ(ɨ) sɐ̃ˈpaju] (About this soundlisten)) (born 18 September 1939) is a Portuguese lawyer and politician. He was the 18th President of Portugal from 1996 to 2006.

In May 2006, Sampaio was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General as his first Special Envoy for the Global Plan to Stop Tuberculosis. In April 2007, current UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon designated him as High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, a position he held till September 2012.

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