Guinea-Bissau's first president dies in Portugal 2009-05-31 09:34:40   Print

    BISSAU, May 31 (Xinhua) -- Guinea-Bissau's first post-independence president, Luis Cabral, passed away at the age of 78 in Portugal on Saturday night, according to a communique released by the National Assembly (parliament) in the West African country.

    Cabral served between 1974 and 1980, before toppled in a military coup led by Joao Bernardo Vieira, the then prime minister. The deposed president went in exile afterwards in Portugal.

    According to the communique, he was elected after the establishment of the country's first National Assembly on Sept. 24,1973, when Guinea-Bissau declared independence from Portugal.

    Cabral had previously led the Independence of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde party in a long-standing struggle against the Portuguese colonialists.

    On Nov. 14, 1980, Cabral was overthrown by Vieira, who himself was killed in an attack on March 2 in retaliation for the assassination of his military chief of staff, Batista Tagme Na Waie.

Editor: Xiong Tong
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