Former Brazilian president Itamar Franco dies aged 81
Sunday, July 3, 2011
The former Brazil, , has died at the age of 81. Franco died at the Albert Einstein Hospital in . The cause of death was announced as complications from . Franco officially became President of Brazil in December 1992 and held the role until January 1995.of
, the current President of Brazil has announced seven days of mourning in honour of Franco. She said in a statement that "[i]t was with great sadness that I received the news about the death of Senator and ex-President Itamar Franco. The nation’s leader at a crucial moment in our recent history, President Itamar will be remembered for an exemplary career of political honesty.”
Franco was elected as the vice president forin 1990 and took over the presidential office in October 1992 when Collor faced impeachment proceedings over corruption. He officially became President in December. During his time in office he faced a financial crisis with hyper-inflation. His choice of finance minister, , was credited with stabilising the country's economy.
At the time of his death Franco was still serving as a senator in.
- "Former Brazilian President Itamar Franco dies" — , July 3, 2011
- "Former Brazilian President Itamar Franco Dies" — , July 3, 2011