Social democrat (PSD) Berta Cabral, 60, the former mayor of Ponta Delgada city, and former candidate for President of the Government of the Azores, was appointed Secretary of State of Defense by Portugal’s central government. She will be sworn on Monday, April 21.
Cabral was defeated by the Socialist Party (PS) candidate, Vasco Cordeiro, 39, who was elected Regional President of the Azores, on October 14, 2012, with an absolute majority of 49% of votes. Currently, she is a deputy and vice-president of the Legislative Assembly of the Azores.
According to the Portuguese administrative system, the Government comprises the Prime Minister, vice-prime ministers, ministers, secretaries of State (junior ministers) and under-secretaries of State. Each minister usually heads a ministry and has assigned to him or her one or more secretaries of State.
Born in Ponta Delgada, Azores, Cabral holds a degree in Finance from the Technical University of Lisbon. She was first elected mayor of Ponta Delgada in 2001. She was reelected mayor in 2005 and 2009. She was the first woman mayor of Ponta Delgada, the capital city of the Azores. She was also the first woman appointed leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) in the region. If elected, she would have been the first woman President of the Regional Government of the Azores.