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Carmen Alborch Bataller (31 October 1947 – 24 October 2018) was a Spanish politician, writer and Minister of Culture.

Carmen Alborch
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Minister of Culture
In office
14 July 1993 – 4 May 1996
MonarchJuan Carlos I
Prime MinisterFelipe González
Preceded byJordi Solé Tura
Succeeded byEsperanza Aguirre
Personal details
Carmen Alborch Bataller

(1947-10-31)31 October 1947
Castelló de Rugat, Valencia, Spain
Died24 October 2018(2018-10-24) (aged 70)
Valencia, Spain
Political partySpanish Socialist Workers' Party
Alma materUniversity of Valencia

Biography and careerEdit

Alborch gained a doctorate in law with particular specialty in mercantile law. She directed the Valencia Institute of Modern Art (IVAM) between 1988 and 1993. She became politically active with the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) in 1992 and served as Minister of Culture from 1993 to 1996 in the last government of Felipe González. She was the recipient of the Gran Cruz de Carlos III and the Gran Cruz del Mérito Civil, and the Progressive Women's Award.[citation needed]

In 1996, Alborch was elected to the Congress of Deputies, representing Valencia.[1] She chaired the Committee of Control of RTVE (the state radio and TV corporation) from 1996 until January 2000, and the Commission on Women's Rights and Equal Opportunities[1] from May 2004 to January 2008 in the Congress. She authored books including Solas (Women Alone) and Malas (Bad Women).[2]

In addition to numerous television appearances as a politician, Alborch also played minor roles in the Spanish television series El círculo a primera hora, El primer café, and Los desayunos de TVE.[3]

In May 2007, she stood as the PSOE candidate for Mayor of Valencia but lost to the incumbent People's Party Mayor Rita Barberá.[4] She retired from the lower chamber at the 2008 general election in order to be elected to the Spanish Senate, once again representing Valencia until 2016.[citation needed]

Alborch died on 24 October 2018 from cancer, aged 70.[5]


  1. ^ a b Spain's Congress of Deputies - official website
  2. ^ Profile at Archived March 20, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Carmen Alborch at the Internet Movie Database".
  4. ^ El País article on Valencia 2007 Mayoral election (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Muere la exministra Carmen Alborch a los 70 años ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)

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