Mariano Rajoy

Born Mar 27, 1955

Mariano Rajoy Brey is a Spanish People's Party politician and is the Prime Minister of Spain as of 21 December 2011. Under Prime Minister José María Aznar, Rajoy was Minister of Public Administration from 1996 to 1999 and Minister of Education from 1999 to 2000; he then served as Deputy Prime Minister from 2000 to 2003.… Read More

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1955 Birth Born 27 March 1955 in Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Galicia, Rajoy is the grandson of Enrique Rajoy Leloup, one of the architects of the Statute of Autonomy of Galicia in 1932, who was removed from university teaching by the dictatorship in the early 1950s. … Read More


1981 26 Years Old Rajoy started his political career in 1981 as a member of the right-wing party People's Alliance (AP), becoming a deputy in the inaugural legislature of the Galician Parliament.
1982 27 Years Old In 1982, he was appointed by Galician regional President, Xerardo Fernández Albor, as Minister of Institutional Relations of the Xunta de Galicia.


1986 31 Years Old 1 More Event
On 11 June 1986, Rajoy was elected President of the Provincial Council of Pontevedra, a position he held until July 1991.
1987 - 1988 2 More Events
1989 34 Years Old When in 1989 the AP merged with other parties to form the People's Party (PP), with Manuel Fraga as its president, Rajoy was named a member of its National Executive Committee and delegate for Pontevedra.
1993 38 Years Old 1 More Event
He was reelected to parliament in 1993. Before the PP's triumph in the 1996 elections, he was a PP-designated member of the Commission of Parliamentary Control of the RTVE. In April, the former president of Castile and León and presidential candidate of the government general elections in 1989, José María Aznar, was elected president of the PP. … Read More


1996 - 1997 2 More Events
1999 44 Years Old He changed his portfolio on 20 January 1999 and replaced Esperanza Aguirre as Minister of Education and Culture. … Read More
2000 45 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2000 he led the People's Party election campaign for the elections on 12 March, in which they won absolute majority.
2001 46 Years Old Less than a year later, on 28 February 2001, he replaced Jaime Mayor Oreja, candidate for President of the Government of the Basque Country, as Interior Minister. … Read More
2002 47 Years Old In the major cabinet reshuffle of 9 July 2002, he became minister of the presidency, retained his vice presidency and was appointed spokesman of the government. … Read More
2003 48 Years Old On 30 August 2003, Aznar announced that he would retire from politics in the 2004 elections and proposed Rajoy as his successor.
2004 49 Years Old 1 More Event
Approached, with Rodrigo Rato and Jaime Mayor Oreja, to succeed José Maria Aznar at the direction of the PP and as presidential candidate of the government in the 2004 general elections, he was chosen as future PP leader on 1 September 2003 and left the government two days later.


2005 - 2008 3 More Events
Rajoy slammed Spain's unemployment rate as "unbearable and unacceptable" as data showed 4,350 people per day losing their jobs in October 2011. … Read More
He stated that to achieve the objective of a deficit of 4.4% of GDP in 2012, an investment of 16.5 billion euros would be needed.
On 4 January 2013 the association Democracia Real Ya (DRY), created after the 15 May 2011 protest movement, brought charges against Mariano Rajoy and another 62 deputies (including four ministers) before the Supreme Court, accusing them of diversion of public funds and misappropriation. … Read More


2015 60 Years Old 1 More Event
…  His party lost their majority in the 2015 general election and currently he is the acting Prime Minister of a caretaker government. … Read More
2016 61 Years Old The election produced a fragmented parliament and an uncertain political situation that may lead to another election in 2016 if neither Rajoy nor the left-wing opposition can form a coalition government.
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