Diogo Freitas do Amaral

Portuguese politician (1941-2019)

Diogo Pinto de Freitas do Amaral (Portuguese pronunciation: [diˈoɡu ˈfɾɐjtɐʃ du ɐmɐˈɾaɫ]; 21 July 1941 – 3 October 2019), known as Freitas do Amaral, was a Portuguese politician, writer and law professor. He was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 12 March 2005 to 3 July 2006. He also was the Prime Minister in an acting role from 4 December 1980 through 9 January 1981. He was born in Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal.

Frietas do Amaral was a candidate for president in 1986 and lost to Mário Soares by a small percentage. He was President of the United Nations General Assembly from 1995 through 1996.

In September 2019, Frietas do Amaral was hospitalized in critical condition for bone cancer at a Cascais hospital.[1] He died at the hospital on 3 October 2019 at the age of 78.[2]


  1. "Freitas do Amaral internado nos cuidados intermédios". Publico.pt. 17 September 2019. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  2. Hatton, Barry (3 October 2019). "Freitas do Amaral, a 'father' of Portuguese democracy, dies". Associated Press. Retrieved 3 October 2019.