Emilio Pérez Touriño

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Pérez and the second or maternal family name is Touriño.
Emilio Pérez Touriño
4th President of the Xunta of Galicia
In office
2 August 2005 – 17 April 2009
Monarch Juan Carlos I
Preceded by Manuel Fraga
Succeeded by Alberto Núñez Feijóo
Personal details
Born Emilio Pérez Touriño
(1948-08-08) 8 August 1948 (age 67)
A Coruña, Galicia, Spain
Nationality Spanish
Political party PSdeG-PSOE
Spouse(s) Esther Cid
Alma mater University of Santiago de Compostela
Profession Professor
Religion Roman Catholicism

Emilio Pérez Touriño (Spanish pronunciation: [eˈmiljo ˈpeɾeθ touˈɾiɲo]; born 8 August 1948) is a Spanish politician and economist. He is the former secretary general of the Socialist Party of Galicia and, from August 2005 to March 2009, former president of the autonomous community of Galicia (Spain). Namely, he was president of the executive branch, the Xunta de Galicia. His political views are socialdemocratic and Galicianist.[1][2]

Academic studies[edit]

An economist by profession, Pérez Touriño completed a course of specialisation at the University of Grenoble (France). He finished his doctoral degree in economics at the University of Santiago de Compostela. He was also vice-president for financial affairs in that same university. During his university years, Touriño developed an intense academic activity, teaching and publishing a number of works on economy and development. He would frequently use Galicia and Galicia's infrastructures as a case study in the integration with the European Union.


During the transition to democracy (1975–1982), following the end of the Francoist dictatorship, Touriño revealed himself as a left wing political activist and even participated in the drafting of the Galician Statute of Autonomy of 1981. He joined the cabinet of minister Abel Caballero at the Spanish ministry for transportation, tourism and communications. He also worked in a senior position at the ministry for public works, transportation and the environment. In 1994, he was accused of having accepted irregular payments and as a result renounced to all his political posts and returned to academia. That same year he also received the Spanish Great Cross of Civil Merit.[3] He eventually returned to politics in 1996 when he was elected to the Spanish Congress representing A Coruña Province though he resigned from Congress in 1997.

In 1998, Touriño replaced Francisco Vázquez as general secretary of the Socialist Party of Galicia. In 2005 he became the president of Galicia, defeating Manuel Fraga's People's Party of Galicia, thanks to a coalition government established with the Galician Nationalist Bloc. Subsequently, both coalition parties were engaged by the Spanish Prime Minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, in reviewing the current Statute of Autonomy, in order to renegotiate the status of Galicia as a part of the Spanish State.[4] He was re-elected secretary general of the Socialist Party of Galicia in July 2008.

In the elections of 2009, his government was ousted by Alberto Núñez Feijóo of the PP.

Academic publications (selection)[edit]

  • _ (1982): "A Evolución da agricultura no capitalismo: a concepción dos clásicos do marxismo como paradigma dunha visión determinista do desenvolvemento histórico", in Revista galega de estudios agrarios, no. 6, p. 183–207.
  • _ (1983): Agricultura y capitalismo: análisis de la pequeña producción campesina. Ministerio de Agricultura, Pesca y Alimentación, Servicio de Publicaciones Agrarias, Madrid.
  • _ (1992): "Las infraestructuras como factor de despegue del desarrollo gallego", in Estructura económica de Galicia, González Laxe [dir]. Espasa Calpe, Madrid, p. 429–488.
  • _ et al. (1997): Infraestructuras y desarrollo regional: efectos económicos de la autopista del Atlántico. Civitas, Madrid.
  • _ et al. (1998): Los Efectos económicos de las autovías de Galicia. Instituto de Estudios Económicos de Galicia Pedro Barrié de la Maza, A Coruña.
  • _ (2001): En clave de país. Santa Comba, A Coruña.
  • _ (2001): "Eurorrexión Galicia-Norte de Portugal, unha oportunidade e un reto", in Tempo exterior, no. 3, p. 17–22.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pérez Touriño commenting Galicianism, from newspaper A Nosa Terra. Access date 26 September 2008
  2. ^ Pérez Touriño discussing Galicianism, from online newspaper Xornal.com. Access date 26 September 2008
  3. ^ Short biography of Pérez Touriño, written on 18 June 2005. Access date 26 September 2008
  4. ^ Parliamentary site on the Statute form. Access date 26 September 2008
Preceded by
Manuel Fraga
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President of Galicia

Succeeded by
Alberto Núñez Feijóo