|President of Ciudadanos|
9 July 2006
|Member of the Catalan Parliament|
1 November 2006
|Born||Albert Rivera Díaz
15 November 1979
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
|Occupation||Politician and Lawyer|
Albert Rivera Díaz (born 15 November 1979 in Barcelona) is a Spanish attorney and politican. He is currently the leader of Citizens and a member of the Parliament of Catalonia. He studied law at ESADE.
Childhood and education
He has been keen on the legal world ever since he was young. After starting his degree in Law, he began to be interested in politics by taking part in a debating competition all around Spain, which allowed him to perfect his public speaking skills. Constitutional Law professor and driving force of the civil platform Ciutadans de Catalunya (Citizens of Catalonia) Francesc de Carreras was his professor at university. Once he finished his studies he started working in the legal services of La Caixa. He then asked for an unpaid leave to be able to prepare for the 2006 Catalan Parliament election.
- http://www.elmundo.es/especiales/2006/10/elecciones-cataluna/candidatos/rivera.html Perfil de Albert Rivera en elmundo.es
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Shortly after the election , in November 2006 , El Periodico de Catalunya , citing as source files of the Popular Party , he said that Rivera had joined the youth of this party ( New Generations ) in June 2003 , with 23, and he remained a member for three years, in a period before the founding of Citizens period. For his part, Rivera said he had gone to the headquarters of the PP to request information and also to some acts , like others involved in Socialistes in positiu ( critical current with the Socialists' Party of Catalonia which it accuses of Catalan drift) and declared not paying any fee , nor having the license of p.5 Meanwhile, Citizens also denied this information, and that Rivera had participated in any election as attorney 's Party, as said the same means of communication citado.6