Francisco André assumes the post of Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation – Region of Leiria

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Francisco André, from Leiria, is the new Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. Son of the former civilian governor of Leiria, Carlos André, the 44-year-old socialist activist returns to the team of António Costa, of which he was chief of staff and replaces Teresa Ribeiro, in a region he knows.

The inauguration of the new member of the Government takes place this Tuesday, at 6 p.m., during a restricted ceremony at the Belém Palace, according to the note published on the page of the Presidency of the Republic.

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Graduated in Law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon, in legal and economic terms, Francisco André began his professional career as a lawyer in 2003. Among other functions, he was Chief of Staff of the Secretary of State President of the Council of Ministers, Jorge Lacão, between 2005 and 2008; Advisor to the Permanent Representation of Portugal (REPER) to the European Union, between 2009 and the end of 2013; and Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister from October 2018 to August 2020. He left to take up duties at the Permanent Representation of Portugal to the OECD, a position he now held.

Francisco André, who grew up in Olival, municipality of Ourém, was a member of the Municipal Assembly of Ourém elected several times on the socialist lists. He is a member of the PS Permanent Council, representing the PS in the bodies of the Party of European Socialists and the Socialist International. He is also part of the party’s study office and is responsible for preparing the program and electoral proposals. He was also, for years, responsible for the PS’s external relations portfolio.

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