José Antonio Alonso

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José Antonio Alonso

José Antonio Alonso Suárez, (born 28 March 1960 in León, Spain) is a Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) politician.

A judge Alonso was elected to the Spanish Congress in 2004, representing León Province and was reelected in 2008.[1] He later served as spokesman for the PSOE Parliamentary Group. From 18 April 2004 to 7 April 2006 he was the minister of the interior in the government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.[1] Described by his ministerial colleagues as a man "driven by his strong ideological beliefs and professionalism",[1] Zapatero is said to have chosen Alonso on the grounds that the latter would fight terrorism without compromising human rights.[1] Alonso served as the defence minister until 11 April 2008. Prior to his election he had been a critic of the People's Party's support for George W. Bush and their alleged politicisation of judicial bodies.[2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ángel Acebes
Minister of the Interior
2004–2006
Succeeded by
Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba
Preceded by
José Bono
Minister of Defence
2006-2008
Succeeded by
Carme Chacón
Party political offices
Preceded by
Diego López Garrido
Chairman of the Socialist Group in the Congress of Deputies
2008-2012
Succeeded by
Soraya Rodríguez