Mario Soares

Portugal father of democracy Mario Soares dies aged 92

Mr Soares was prime minister between 1976 and 1978, in the aftermath of the Carnation Revolution that ended decades of right-wing dictatorship.

A Socialist, he returned as PM in the early 1980s and served as president between 1986 and 1996.

He had been admitted to hospital in Lisbon last month following a "general worsening of his health", doctors said.

He had shown signs of improvement, but later fell into a deep coma from which he never recovered. The hospital, however, has not revealed the exact cause of death.