Portuguese President swimming lesson

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The Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa visited Angola this week to attend the ceremony of inauguration of the newly elected Angolan President João Lourenço and took the opportunity to revive the routine, when he was a teacher of Agostinho Neto University in Luanda, back in 2005, when he used to go early in the morning for a swim at the beach before the lessons.

This time the president was followed by a “posse” of cameramen, avid for snapshots of the Portuguese Chief of State diving in the warm waters of the island of the Bay of Luanda.

The press was treated to an “impromptu” interview with the President answering the questions of the reporters in a calm and collected manner, dressed in his bathing shorts ,as if he was attending a media ceremony in a more formal ambiance.

The exercise turned out to be a public relations success and an opportunity to convey once more the relaxed style and populist image of the Portuguese President, as he sat on one of the beachfront cafes to have an “expresso” with the journalists after the Atlantic swimming session.

The inauguration of the new Angolan President took place on Tuesday and was attended by about thirty Chiefs of State and more than a thousand guests.

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O Presidente Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa aproveitou a sua ida a Angola, no âmbito da tomada de posse do recém-eleito presidente angolano, João Lourenço, para relaxar um pouco e para dar um mergulho na praia da Ilha de Luanda perante o entusiasmo da populacao e das equipas de reportagem nacionais e estrangeiras.

Como o próprio Presidente da Republica Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa ,acabaria por explicar a meio da manhã, o mergulho no Atlântico, junto à Ilha de Luanda, serviu para recordar os anos em que, após 2005, dava aulas na Universidade Agostinho Neto, na capital, dias que começavam também com uma ida a banhos, bem cedo.

Marcelo subiu ainda ao Café Del Mar, junto a essa mesma praia para recordar esses tempos de Professor universitario em Angola: “Vinha aqui de manhãzinha, nadar. Exatamente no mesmo sítio, com as mesmas correntes, puxando ligeiramente para fora, mas uma água quente, muito quente e muito transparente, muito pouco poluída. Está ótima e é um bom começo de dia”, enfatizou Marcelo.

Jay Fernandes
Master’s Degree G. Ph. from the University of Lisbon. Academic and teacher. Television , radio and press reporter / commentator

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