President of the Principality of Asturias

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President of the Principality of Asturias
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Incumbent
Javier Fernández Fernández

since 2012
Appointer
Following a vote of confidence by a majority of the General Junta
Term length No fixed term
Regional election to the General Junta are held every 4 years at most. No term limits are imposed on the office.
Constituting instrument Statute of Autonomy
Inaugural holder Rafael Fernández Álvarez
Formation 1978

The President of the Government of the Principality of Asturias is the head of government of the Spanish autonomous community of Asturias. The President is chosen by the General Junta of the Principality of Asturias, regional parliamentary institution.

Election[edit]

The President is elected after the constitution of the General Junta or after the cessation of the former President.

A deputy can be nominated as candidate only if at least five members propose him.

During the Investiture proceedings the nominees present their political agenda in an Investiture Speech to be debated and submitted for a Vote of Confidence by the General Junta, effecting an indirect election of the head of government. A simple majority confirms the nominee and his program. At the moment of the vote, the confidence is awarded if the candidate receives a majority of votes in the first poll (currently 23 out of 45 deputies), but if the confidence is not awarded, a second vote is scheduled two days later in which a simple majority of votes cast (i.e., more "yes" than "no" votes) is required.

Headquarters[edit]

The headquarters of the President of the Principality of Asturias are located in Oviedo. The building is in the back part of the General Junta of the Principality of Asturias and both buildings are connected by an underground passage.

The building was formerly the seat of the Bank of Spain in Oviedo until 1982

The Principality of Asturias acquired the building 1982 and reformed it for its current use between 1983 and 1985.

List of Presidents of the Principality of Asturias[edit]

Javier Fernández Fernández Francisco Álvarez Cascos Vicente Álvarez Areces Sergio Marqués Antonio Trevín Juan Luis Rodríguez-Vigil Pedro de Silva Rafael Luis Fernández Álvarez
Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Political Party Legislature Monarch
(Reign)
Took office Left office Days
1 Rafael Fernández
(1932–2010)
5 May
1982
18 June
1983
409 Spanish Socialist Workers' Party Provisional Juan Carlos I
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(1975–2014)
Approved the Statute of Autonomy of the Principality of Asturias.
2 Pedro de Silva
(1945–)
18 June
1983
28 July
1987
2944 Spanish Socialist Workers' Party I (1983)
28 July
1987
10 July
1991
II (1987)
Became the first democratically elected President.
3 Juan Luis Rodríguez-Vigil
(1945–)
10 July
1991
18 June
1993
709 Spanish Socialist Workers' Party III (1991)
Was forced to resign after the Petromocho scandal.
4 Antonio Trevín (cropped-b).PNG Antonio Trevín
(1956–)
18 June
1993
14 July
1995
756 Spanish Socialist Workers' Party
Succeeded Rodríguez-Vigil mid-term.
5 Sergio Marques (cropped).jpg Sergio Marqués
(1946–2012)
14 July
1995
20 July
1999
1467 People's Party
Asturian Renewal Union
IV(1995)
First non-socialist President. Left the Popular Party in December 1998.
6 Vicente Álvarez Areces 2008 (cropped).jpg Vicente Álvarez Areces
(1943–)
20 July
1999
4 July
2003
4378 Spanish Socialist Workers' Party V (1999)
4 July
2003
11 July
2007
VI (2003)
11 July
2007
15 July
2011
VII (2007)
Three consecutive terms. Longest serving Asturian President.
7 Francisco Álvarez-Cascos (2010).jpg Francisco Álvarez-Cascos
(1947–)
15 July
2011
24 May
2012
314 Asturias Forum VIII (2011)
Shortest term of an Asturian President. Called for new elections after being rejected his Regional budget for 2012.
8 Javier Fernández Fernández 2012 (cropped-2).jpg Javier Fernández
(1948–)
24 May
2012
22 July
2015
1768 Spanish Socialist Workers' Party IX (2012)
Felipe VI
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(2014–)
22 July
2015
Incumbent X (2015)
Abdication of King Juan Carlos I in 2014. PSOE corruption scandals (Villa, Riopedre, Marea). 2015–16 Spanish government formation trouble. 2016 PSOE leadership crisis.

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