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
Succeeded by
Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba
Preceded by
José Bono
Minister of Defence
Succeeded by
Carme Chacón
Party political offices
Preceded by
Diego López Garrido
Chairman of the Socialist Group in the Congress of Deputies
Succeeded by
Soraya Rodríguez