António Soares Carneiro
|António Soares Carneiro
OA ComI GCTE
|Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces|
29 March 1989 – 25 January 1994
|Prime Minister||Aníbal Cavaco Silva|
|Preceded by||José Lemos Ferreira|
|Succeeded by||António Carlos Fuzeta da Ponte|
25 January 1928 |
Custóias, Vila Nova de Foz Côa, Portugal
|Political party||Democratic Alliance (1980)|
|Alma mater||Portuguese Military Academy|
António da Silva Osório Braga Soares Carneiro, OA ComI GCTE (born January 25, 1928 in Custóias, Vila Nova de Foz Côa, Portugal; Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐ̃ˈtɔniu suˈaɾɨʃ kɐɾˈnɐjɾu]) is a Portuguese retired military officer and former politician. A General in the Portuguese Army, he was Governor of a southern province of Portuguese Angola at the time of the Carnation Revolution which deposed the Estado Novo 25 April 1974.
In the presidential election of 1980, the right-wing Democratic Alliance, a coalition consisting of the Social Democratic Party, the Democratic and Social Centre, and the People's Monarchist Party, nominated Soares Carneiro as its candidate. Two of his leading supporters, Prime Minister Francisco Sá Carneiro (no relation) and Defence Minister Adelino Amaro da Costa died in a plain crash while heading for a rally in Porto two days before the election. Most polls suggest that this deaths didn't have much influence in the result of the presidential elections, since they predicted the reelection of President, General António Ramalho Eanes, who had 56% of the votes, while Soares Carneiro had 40%.
Soares Carneiro later served as Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, under the presidency of Mário Soares.
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