President of the United Nations General Assembly from 1995 to 1996 and the Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1980 to 1981 and then again from 2005 to 2006.
He founded the Democratic and Social Centre, a right-wing political party.
He was Portugal's Minister of Defense from 1981 to 1983 and it's acting Prime Minister from 1980 to 1981.
He married in 1965 and had four children.
Like Miguel Descoto Brockmann, he has served as President of the U.N. General Assembly.