João Soares (politician)

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João Soares
João Soares Senate of Poland.JPG
Minister of Culture
In office
26 November 2015 – 8 April 2016
Prime Minister António Costa
Preceded by Teresa Morais
Succeeded by Luís Filipe Castro Mendes
Mayor of Lisbon
In office
15 November 1995 – 23 January 2002
Preceded by Jorge Sampaio
Succeeded by Pedro Santana Lopes
Personal details
Born João Barroso Soares
(1949-08-29) 29 August 1949 (age 68)
Political party Socialist Party
Spouse(s) Annick Burhenne
Maria Olímpia Soares (divorced)
Children Three daughters, two sons
Alma mater University of Lisbon
Occupation Politician
Profession Editor[1]

João Barroso Soares (born 29 August 1949 in São Cristóvão e São Lourenço, Lisbon) is a Portuguese editor[2] and Socialist Party politician, who was President of the Municipality of Lisbon from 1995 to 2002.

He is the son of the former Portuguese Prime Minister and President, Mário Soares, and the actress Maria Barroso. He was married to Maria Olímpia Soares (b. 1951), daughter of António Domingos de Oliveira Soares and wife Clotilde Soares, by whom he had three children: Maria Inês (b. 1976), Maria Mafalda (b. 1981) and Mário Alberto (b. 1987). Later divorced, he married the Belgian Annick Burhenne, by whom he had a son Jonas (b. 2003), named after Jonas Savimbi, of whom João Soares is an admirer, and a daughter Lilah (b. 2007).

He was member of the European Parliament[3] and of the Portuguese State Council.

In 2004, he lost to Manuel Alegre and José Sócrates a bid for the party leadership, and in October 2005 lost to Fernando Seara the election for President of the Municipality of Sintra. He also lost the election for president of the Municipality of Lisbon to Pedro Santana Lopes, in 2001, being the first mayor of Lisboa to lose a reelection.

In July 2008 he was elected President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. He was reelected for another one-year term in July 2009.

During the United States elections, 2012, he acted as the special coordinator for the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) international electoral observer team.[4]

In April 2016, in a Facebook post, João Soares, Minister of Culture, said that he looked forward to landing "salutary blows" on two newspaper columnists. The post attracted hundreds of critical comments from the public, opposition politicians and journalists. Mr Soares, resigned after Prime Minister António Costa reprimanded him and issued a public apology. He initially defended his comments as a response to an "insulting personal attack", but later apologised.[5]



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  3. ^ "João SOARES". Your MEPs. European Parliament. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  4. ^ Donovan Slack (6 November 2012). "International Observers Blocked From Polls". Special coordinator for the OSCE mission, Joao Soares, a member of the Portuguese parliament, will issue the official post-election statement on the U.S. election on Thursday. 
  5. ^ BBC, Portugal minister Soares quits after slap threat to journalists, 09.04.2016
  6. ^ "Cidadãos Nacionais Agraciados com Ordens Estrangeiras". Página Oficial das Ordens Honoríficas Portuguesas. Retrieved 5 August 2017.