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Head of the National Civil Protection Authority resigns

ColonelResignsIn the second high-profile resignation relating to the fundamental mishandling of Portugal’s two devastating summer fires, Colonel Joaquim Leitão send in his letter of resignation today which was accepted by the prime minister.

Joaquim Leitão had been in charge of the National Civil Protection Authority for about a year and in recent months had under increasing pressure due to evident failures in his handling of the fire-fighting forces at Pedrógão Grande in July and during last weekend’s firestorm that devastated areas of central and northern Portugal.


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