The Minister of Internal Administration has appointed Lieutenant General Carlos Manuel Mourato Nunes to lead the National Civil Protection Authority.

In a statement, it is stated that the “procedures for his appointment, namely the hearing of the National Commission of Civil Protection, will be held tomorrow, November 6, at 12:00 noon”

With a degree in Military Sciences and Geographical Engineering, Lieutenant General Mourato Nunes also passed the Institute of High Military Studies, where he completed the General Officer Course and the General Course of Command and General Staff.

He was Director of the Geographic Institute of the Army between 1993 and 1999 and President of the Portuguese Geographic Institute between 2002 and 2003, at which time he was promoted to Lieutenant General and assumed the functions of General Commander of the Republican National Guard until 2008.

From 2008 to 2010 he was Secretary General of the Secretariat for Cooperation among Portuguese Speaking Countries in Public Security matters. From 2010 to 2012 he was President of the Coordinating Council of Cartography and Director General of the Portuguese Geographical Institute. He is currently a Security and Defence Consultant.

The indictment follows the resignation in mid-October of the then president of the National Authority of Civil Protection, Joaquim Leitão who had served just under a year in office, having been sworn in in October 2016.