Juan José Ibarretxe

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Juan Jose Ibarretxe
Ibarretxe.jpg
Lehendakari of the Basque Country
In office
2 January 1999 – 7 May 2009
Vice President Idoia Zenerrutzabeitia Beldarrain
Preceded by José Antonio Ardanza
Succeeded by Patxi López
Deputy Lehendakari of the Basque Country
In office
4 January 1995 – 2 January 1999
President José Antonio Ardanza
Preceded by Jon Imanol Azúa
Succeeded by Idoia Zenerrutzabeitia Beldarrain
Personal details
Born Juan José Ibarretxe Markuartu
(1957-05-15) 15 May 1957 (age 61)
Llodio, Álava, Spain
Nationality Spanish
Political party PNV
Spouse(s) Begoña Arregui

Juan José Ibarretxe Markuartu (born 15 March 1957)[1] is a Spanish politician that advocated Basque nationalism.[2] A leading member of the Basque Nationalist Party (PNV), he was lehendakari (President) of Spain's Basque Autonomous Community from 2 January 1999 to 7 May 2009.

Origins and early political career[edit]

Ibarretxe (middle) at an event in San Sebastián

He was born in Llodio in the province of Álava, and holds a degree in Economics from the University of the Basque Country. In 1983 he was elected a member of the Basque Parliament for Álava, representing the PNV, and from then on rose steadily to prominence. From 1986-1990 and 1991-1994 he was the President of the PNV Economic and Budgetary Commission. On 4 January 1995, then Basque President José Antonio Ardanza appointed him Vice President.

Lehendakari[edit]

On 28 March 1998, he was nominated PNV presidential candidate to compete in the October 25 Basque election, and became lehendakari (president) on 2 January 1999. In October 2003 he released the highly controversial Ibarretxe Plan (Plan Ibarretxe), which foresees a future Basque country freely associated with Spain, with its own separate legal system and European Union (EU) representation.

Private life and hobbies[edit]

Ibarretxe grew up speaking only Spanish, but now speaks Basque acceptably and English. He is an avid cycling fan and has presided over a cycling club in Llodio. He is married and has two children. He is a non-practising Roman Catholic.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ IBARRETXE MARKUARTU Juan José International Who's Who. accessed 1 September 2006.
  2. ^ Wilkinson, Tracy (23 March 2006). "Basque Separatist Group Ends Four-Decade War With Spain". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 28 May 2018. 

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Preceded by
José Antonio Ardanza
Lehendakari (Basque President)
1999-2009
Succeeded by
Patxi López
Preceded by
Jon Imanol Azúa
Deputy Lehendakari (Deputy Basque President)
1995-1999
Succeeded by
Idoia Zenerrutzabeitia Beldarrain