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Former Prime Minister Nobre da Costa Dead at 73

April 1, 1996

LISBON, Portugal (AP) _ Alfredo Nobre da Costa, who served briefly as prime minister during the tense early years of Portugal’s democratic transition, died on Monday. He was 73.

Nobre da Costa died after a long illness, according to a spokesperson for Efacec, the electronics company he headed.

Nobre da Costa was appointed prime minister in August 1978 by President Antonio Ramalho Eanes after the major political parties failed to form a coalition government.

Nine previous governments had collapsed since April 1974, when a group of leftist colonels staged a bloodless coup that ended 48 years of rightist dictatorship.

But 14 days after taking office, Parliament failed to give Nobre da Costa’s government a vote of confidence because of resentment over the president’s attempt to govern without them.

He resigned days later, but remained in office until October when Eanes appointed another independent, Carlos Mota Pinto, as prime minister.

Nobre da Costa returned to the corporate world and was chairman of Efacec at the time of his death.

He is survived by a daughter, Vera Nobre da Costa. A funeral Mass was scheduled for Tuesday at the Estrela Basilica in Lisbon, followed by burial in Viseu, about 200 miles north of Lisbon.

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