26 June 2006

Angola: MPLA Exalts Antonio Cardoso Figure

Luanda — Angola's ruling MPLA party Politburo on Monday here extolled the qualities of the late writer Antonio Cardoso as a nationalist with conviction, man of culture, and a militant for freedom, peace and well-being of the Angolan people.

This is expressed in a message of condolence, due to the death of the mentioned nationalist on Sunday, in Lisbon, victim of prostate cancer.

In the letter, MPLA highlights that Antonio Cardoso, also a writer, adhered early to the fight against the former Portuguese colonial system, and was detained in 1961 by the Portuguese secrete police (PIDE/DGS), afterwards moved to Santiago de Tarrafal prison, in Cape Verde.

Antonio Cardoso was president of the Democratic Movement of Angola (MDA), joining afterwards the MPLA, a party in which he was nominated for its first directive provincial commission in Luanda.

He also worked as director of the centre of historical research of MPLA central committee and director of the former newspaper "Progresso".

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