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Portugal's former first lady Maria Barroso has died aged 90


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Portugal's former first lady Maria Barroso has died aged 90

Portugal’s former first lady Maria Barroso has died.

Lisbon’s Red Cross Hospital said the ex-actress died on Tuesday, 10 days after being admitted following a fall at home and going into a coma.

Maria Barroso met her husband at Lisbon University in the 1940s and together they opposed the dictatorship that governed Portugal. Mario Soares was imprisoned several times and sent into exile with his wife. They were both among the founders, in 1973, of Portugal’s center-left Socialist Party.

After democracy was introduced in 1974, Maria Barroso became a lawmaker while her husband became foreign minister and prime minister.

She was survived by her husband, two children and several grandchildren.

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