Antonio Guterres

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August 19, 2022

António Guterres (Portuguese pronunciation: /ɐ̃ˈtɔnju ɡuˈtɛʁɨʃ/) (Lisbon, April 30, 1949), full name António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres, is a Portuguese politician. He was Prime Minister of Portugal between 1995 and 2002 and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees between 2005 and 2015. In October 2015 the United Nations Security Council elected him to succeed Ban Ki-moon as Secretary General of the United Nations.

Biography

Born in Lisbon, son of Virgílio Dias Guterres and Cândida dos Reis Oliveira, he studied physical and electronic engineering. In 1992 he was elected president of the Socialist Party of Portugal and leader of the opposition to the government of Aníbal Cavaco Silva. Between 1999 and 2005 he was also president of the Socialist International. After the socialist victory in the Portuguese legislative elections of 1995, he was elected Prime Minister of Portugal, a position he revalidated in 1999. He was succeeded in the position by José Manuel Durão Barroso in 2002. In 2005 he was appointed United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, a position he held until 2015.

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