Joaquín Muñoz Peirats

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Joaquín Muñoz Peirats (Valencia, Spain, 1931 - Conakry, Guinea 1987) was a Spanish politician.

After gaining a degree in economics from the University of Deusto and a degree in law from the University of Valladolid[1] he became involved in politics in the late 1960s. An ardent Monarchist,[2] Muñoz belonged to the private council and secretariat of Don Juan de Borbón until its dissolution in 1969.[1] However this attachment to symbolism later led to internal party conflicts.[3]

In 1973 he formed the Liberal Democratic Party, which in 1977, joined with other parties to form the Union of the Democratic Centre (UCD).[1] As a UCD member, at the 1977 General Election, he was elected to the Spanish Congress of Deputies representing Valencia Province[4] and was re-elected in the subsequent election in 1979.

In 1978 Muñoz was chosen as one of the members of the Spanish delegation in the Council of Europe[2] later becoming President of the Spanish delegation and Vice-President of the Council.[5] He also worked as an advisor and promoter for the PRISA group, the largest publisher in Spain.[5] Muñoz lost his seat in the 1982 General Election and died in Guinea in 1987, having earlier suffered a heart attack in 1979.[5]

In 2008, Eduardo Zaplana, former President of the Valencian Community, stated that he "owed everything" to Muñoz.[6] A street in the town of Foios is named in honour of Muñoz.

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