Inés Arrimadas

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The Illustrious
Inés Arrimadas García
MP
Sáenz de Santamaría se reúne con Inés Arrimadas, portavoz de Ciudadanos en el Parlamento de Cataluña (cropped).jpg
Member of the Catalan Parliament
for the Province of Barcelona
Assumed office
25 November 2012
Constituency Barcelona
Leader of the Opposition in the Parliament of Catalonia
Assumed office
2 October 2015
Preceded by Oriol Junqueras
Personal details
Born (1981-07-03) 3 July 1981 (age 37)
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Political party Citizens – Party of the Citizenry (2011–present)
Spouse(s) Xavier Cima (2016–present)
Alma mater Pablo de Olavide University

Inés Arrimadas García (Spanish: [iˈnes ariˈmaðas]; born 3 July 1981) is a Spanish lawyer, politician and the leader of Citizens in Catalonia. Before entering in politics she worked as a consultant.

Arrimadas was born and raised in Jerez de la Frontera.

She became a member of the party in 2011 and she first started being the spokesperson of the youth section. She became a member of parliament after the 2012 election. She became the Leader of the Opposition in the Catalan Parliament in 2015.

Early life[edit]

Inés is the youngest of five children born to Rufino Arrimadas García and Inés García López, both of whom came from Salmoral in the Province of Salamanca.[1]

Inés studied at the Catholic school Nuestra Señora del Pilar in Jerez de la Frontera. She became interested in Catalonia as a result of being a fan of F.C. Barcelona, which led her to take Catalan lessons in Jerez from a Catalan classmate while she was in 7th and 8th grade during which she learnt the F.C. Barcelona anthem.[2][3]

At age 18 Inés began studying law at Pablo de Olavide University.[2] She also undertook postgraduate studies in international business at IPAG Business School in Nice organised through the Erasmus programme.[4]

She moved to Barcelona in 2008. Once in the city, she learned Catalan obtaining the C1 level.[3]

Professional career[edit]

At 24, Inés worked for a year and a half in the petrochemical industry.[5]

For six years she worked as a consultant at D'Aleph in Barcelona, having moved to the city in 2008.[3]

Politics[edit]

In 2010 an Arrimadas' coworker offered her to go to a Citizens public act at Romea theater, she accepted. Afterwards she started to assist meetings of the political party. In one of those meetings Albert Rivera went to teach oratory lessons and found she had potential. Rivera asked her to go to the Youth Commission of the Parliament of Catalonia. This was 2011. Rivera also offered her to enter in the party's executive office.[3]

Arrimadas was elected as a member of the Parliament of Catalonia in the 2012 Catalan regional election.[3] She became the spokeswoman of Citizens in Catalonia in 2015, substituting Jordi Cañas who resigned due to being imputed for alleged tax fraud. The same year she was selected leader of the party for the Catalan elections to be celebrated in September 27th. Citizens in Catalonia gained 17.9% of the votes, increasing its representation from 9 to 25 seats, obtaining the greatest anti-independence single party representation and became the party leader of the opposition of the catalan parliament.[3]

The party under Arrimadas secured the most seats in the 2017 election under a single party, however the pro-independence parties retained a narrow majority of seats in the Parliament of Catalonia.[6][7] During the campaign for the elections of Catalonia in 2017 a hoax was popularized alleging Arrimadas' father was a francoist secret agent. The hoax was denied. Her father became a policeman in 1964 and in the seventies he left the police to become a lawyer. The cousin of his father was the one in a relevant position, as a francoist governor.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hernández, Cecilia (March 4, 2015). ""Siempre que puedo digo que soy salmantina porque así me siento"". El Norte de Castilla (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b Del Campo, Eduardo (4 October 2015). "Retrato familiar de Inés Arrimadas desde Jerez: 'La niña ya es imparable'". El Mundo (in Spanish). Unidad Editorial. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Julve, Rafa (21 December 2017). "Inés Arrimadas, la Khaleesi naranja". El Periódico de Catalunya (in Spanish). Grupo Zeta. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  4. ^ Ruiz Valdivia, Antonio (6 July 2015). "17 cosas que no sabías de Inés Arrimadas". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  5. ^ Pérez Colmé, Jordi (22 September 2015). "La medio tímida". El Español (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  6. ^ G. Mora, Jaime (21 December 2017). "Arrimadas gana las elecciones de Cataluña, pero los independentistas mantienen la mayoría". ABC (in Spanish). Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  7. ^ Esteban, Paloma (21 December 2017). "Arrimadas sí hace historia: Ciudadanos gana las elecciones en Cataluña". El Confidencial (in Spanish). Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  8. ^ Caballero, Nacho (16 December 2017). "El bulo sobre el padre de Arrimadas que intenta desmoronar su campaña". El Plural (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 April 2018.

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