Profile: Portuguese president Anibal Cavaco Silva

17:14, January 24, 2011      

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Portugal's incumbent President Anibal Cavaco Silva speaks at a press conference after the results of the election comes out, at the Belem Cultural Center in Lisbon, capital of Portugal, Jan. 23, 2011. (Xinhua/Wang Qingqin)

Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva, 71, was reelected on Sunday for another five-year term.

Cavaco Silva was born in a modest family of a farmer -- later petrol station manager -- in the southern region of Algarve in July 1939. He graduated with economics and finance degrees from the Technical University of Lisbon in 1964 and earned a doctorate in economics from Britain's York University in 1973. After that, he returned to Portugal and took a college teaching job.

Cavaco Silva joined the Social Democrats in 1974 and has been active in politics since then.

From January 1980 to January 1981, he served as Portugal's finance minister. He then served as prime minister from November 1985 to November 1995, during which he visited China many times. In April 1987, he signed the "Joint Declaration of the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Government of the Republic of Portugal on the Question of Macau" with Chinese leaders.

Cavaco Silva was elected president in January 2006 and has held the post since then.

A father of two and a grandfather of five, he announced reelection bid in October 2010, saying Portugal is facing a difficult time and he hopes to serve the country with his political experience and knowledge.

Source: Xinhua

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