Josep Antoni Duran i Lleida

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This article is about the Catalan politician. For other people with the same Spanish name, see José Durán.
This is a Catalan name. The first family name is Duran and the second is Lleida.
Josep Antoni Duran
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Minister of Governance and Institutional Relations of the Generalitat de Catalunya
In office
November 29, 1999 – February 5, 2001
President Jordi Pujol
Preceded by Xavier Pomés i Abella
Succeeded by Núria de Gispert i Català
Personal details
Born (1952-03-27) March 27, 1952 (age 63)
Alcampell, Huesca, Aragón
Political party Democratic Union of Catalonia (CiU)
Occupation Politician and Lawyer
Religion Roman Catholic

Josep Antoni Duran i Lleida (born March 27, 1952 in Alcampell, Huesca) is a Spanish politician. A qualified lawyer, Duran began his political career when he was elected MP in the General Elections of Spain in 1979, representing Lleida becoming tinent d'alcalde in the municipality of Lleida.[1][2]

Currently Duran is an MP for Barcelona district, elected in the General Elections in 2004, and is a member of Convergence and Union (CiU). Duran i Lleida has also been the president of Democratic Union of Catalonia (UDC), a political party which is part of CiU, since 1987 and also from 1982 to 1984.


In November 2003 Duran i Lleida advocated calling gay marriage (which is legal in Spain) by a different name.[3] In March 2012 during a fierce debate with Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy, Duran i Lleida asked for the immediate recognition of Kosovo by Spain, and stated that the reasons for non-recognition "are not international but internal".


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Political offices
Preceded by
Xavier Pomés i Abella
Minister of Governance and Institutional Relations of Catalonia
1999 – 2001
Succeeded by
Núria de Gispert i Català
Party political offices
Preceded by
New title
General Secretary of CiU
2001 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Xavier Trias
Spokesperson of Convergence and Union in the Congress of Deputies
2004 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Concepció Ferrer i Calsas
President of the Committee of Government of UDC
1987 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Joaquim Xicoy i Bassegoda
President of the Committee of Government of UDC
1982 – 1984
Succeeded by
Concepció Ferrer i Calsas