Portuguese American Journal

Prime Minister Passos Coelho to address UN General Assembly– NYC

Portuguese Prime Minister, Passos Coelho, will visit the United States to address the United Nations General Assembly on September 23. The event will be attended by 121 heads of state of which 12 are women.

Dilma Rousseff

Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff, will be the first woman in 66 years to open the United Nations General Assembly scheduled for September 21-24.

Mozambique will be represented by President Armando Guebuza and Angola by Vice-President Fernando (‘Nandó’) da Piedade dos Santos.

Pedro Passos Coelho, 46, the leader of the Social Democrat Party (PSD) was sworn Prime Minister of Portugal in June 2011.

The Social Democrats (PSD) won 108 seats out of 230 Parliament seats at the June 5 snap elections, defeating the then ruling Socialist Party (PS). A coalition government was formed with rightist Christian Democrats (CDS-PP).

The coalition government must meet the terms of the 78 billion-euro ($113 USD billion) bailout loan agreed with the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

European Union leaders have praised the Portuguese administration for the implementation of bailout terms and expressed their confidence that Portugal will meet the timetables established with her European partners.

Portugal was the third country seeking a bailout loan from its European partners, following Greece and Ireland in April.