Iñigo Urkullu

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Iñigo Urkullu
Iñigo Urkullu 2014 (cropped).jpg
Urkullu in December 2014
7th Lehendakari
Assumed office
December 15, 2012
MonarchJuan Carlos I (2012–2014)
Felipe VI (2014–present)
Preceded byPatxi López
Personal details
Born (1961-09-18) September 18, 1961 (age 58)
Alonsotegi, Biscay, Spain
NationalitySpanish
Political partyBasque Nationalist Party
Alma materUniversity of Deusto
ProfessionTeacher

Íñigo Urkullu Renteria (born September 18, 1961) is a Spanish politician from Alonsotegi, the current President of the Basque Government (Lehendakari) since 2012.[1][2]

Life[edit]

Urkullu graduated in Teaching, specialized in Basque language, from the University of Deusto. He was the Basque Nationalist Party chairman[3] from 2008 to 2013, when he was succeeded by Andoni Ortuzar since the party's rules do not allow a Lehendakari to be the party's chairman at the same time.

He was the Biscay leader of the party from 2004 to 2008 and has been a member since 1996. He was the director of the Biscay foral Department for Youth and Social Services from 1987 to 1994 and served in the Basque Parliament from 1984 to 1987 and from 1994 to 2005 (during the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th sittings of the parliament).

Amid the 2017-18 Spanish constitutional crisis, Urkullu tried to mediate between the Spanish and Catalan governments to avoid the declaration of independence and the application of Article 155, but these attempts failed. He declared as a witness in the Trial of Catalonia independence leaders on 28 February 2019.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Íñigo Urkullu ha sido reelegido presidente del PNV". RTVE.es (in Spanish). January 15, 2012. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  2. ^ "Íñigo Urkullu: "En ausencia de violencia hay que dejar paso a la política"". elimparcial.es (in Spanish). June 26, 2012. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  3. ^ Cambio 16. Información y Revistas, S.A. January 1, 2008. Retrieved July 25, 2011.
  4. ^ Pozas, Alberto (February 27, 2019). "De Mariano Rajoy a Iñigo Urkullu: qué tiene que contar cada testigo". Cadena SER (in Spanish). Madrid. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  5. ^ "Juicio al 'procés': Urkullu reconoce su papel mediador entre Rajoy y Puigdemont". El Plural (in Spanish). February 28, 2019. Archived from the original on February 28, 2019. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
Political offices
Preceded by
Patxi López
Lehendakari of the Basque Country
2012–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Josu Jon Imaz
President of the Basque Nationalist Party
2008–2012
Succeeded by
Andoni Ortuzar