Jorge Coelho, former minister and leader of the PS, died this Wednesday at the age of 66, confirmed the Business. The secretary general of the socialists, António Costa, will make a statement from the party’s headquarters in Largo do Rato at 19:45.
Jorge Coelho, who died after a road accident, was minister in the two governments led by António Guterres.
Born in Viseu, Jorge Coelho graduated in Business Organization and Management, at the Higher Institute of Economic and Financial Sciences, currently ISEG, of the Technical University of Lisbon. In 1982 he joined the Socialist Party (PS), being that year appointed chief of staff to the Secretary of State for Transport, Francisco Murteira Nabo.
Between 1988 and 1989, he served as head of the cabinet of the Deputy Secretary of State for Social Affairs, Education and Youth of Macau, having also, in Macau, assumed the role of Deputy Secretary for Education and Public Administration between 1989 and 1991.
In the two governments of Guterres, he held the position of Deputy Minister, Minister for Home Affairs, Minister for the Presidency and Minister for Social Equipment.
In 2001, he resigned from the Government after the fall of the Hintze Ribeiro bridge, in Entre-os-Rios.
In 2006, he abandoned political life, resigning as deputy and leaving all posts in the PS.
He was CEO of Mota-Engil between 2008 and 2013.