Dolors Sabater

Maria Dolors Sabater i Puig (born 1960)[1] is a Catalan teacher, social activist and politician from Spain. She was mayor of Badalona from 2015 to 2018, and elected to the Parliament of Catalonia in 2021.

Dolors Sabater
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Dolors Sabater in January 2021
Mayor of Badalona
In office
Preceded byXavier García Albiol
Succeeded byÀlex Pastor López
Personal details
Maria Dolors Sabater i Puig

Badalona, Catalonia, Spain
Political partyPopular Unity Candidacy;
Guanyem Catalunya
Other political
Guanyem Badalona en Comú


Sabater is a teacher with a focus on special needs education.[2] Her brother Frederic has a lifelong intellectual disability, and she has been vocal for disability rights.[3]

In June 2015, Sabater became mayor of her hometown of Badalona, replacing People's Party incumbent Xavier García Albiol. Her localist party Guanyem Badalona en Comú was supported by larger left-wing parties.[4] Despite her republican and separatist views, Sabater took the standard oath of office swearing loyalty to the Spanish Constitution, adding "until the working Catalan people, exercising their democratic will, decide to construct the freer, more sovereign and more socially just Catalan Republic".[5] In May 2018, she lost a vote of no confidence, and in June she was replaced by Àlex Pastor of the Socialists' Party.[6]

In May 2020, Pastor resigned following an arrest for assault of a member of the Mossos d'Esquadra. An agreement was tabled that her party and the Socialists agree that Sabater would be mayor for 18 months and the Socialist Rubén Guijarro for the next 18, but this failed and García Albiol returned to power instead.[7]

In December 2020, Sabater was announced as the candidate for regional president for the Popular Unity Candidacy party and Guanyem Catalunya electoral grouping, for the Catalan elections on 14 February 2021.[8] The party gained 6.69% of the votes and nine seats in the Parliament of Catalonia.[9]


  1. ^ Dedéu, Bernat (12 February 2021). "Dolors Sabater, la profesora romántica" [Dolors Sabater, the romantic teacher]. El Nacional (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  2. ^ "Who are the party frontrunners in Catalonia's February 14 election?". Catalan News Agency. 24 December 2020. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  3. ^ "Dolors Sabater: "Les persones com el Frederic també existeixen"" [Dolors Sabater: "People like Frederic also exist"] (in Catalan). CCMA. 24 October 2020. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  4. ^ Piñol, Àngels (13 June 2015). "Sabater se propone desterrar de Badalona la "bandera del odio"" [Sabater proposes banishing the "flag of hate" from Badalona]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  5. ^ García, Jesús (30 July 2015). "La izquierda "limpia" el rastro de Albiol en Badalona" [The left "clean up" what Albiol left in Badalona]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  6. ^ Coll, M. (7 June 2018). "Dolors Sabater asume la pérdida de la alcaldía en Badalona y promete un traspaso de poder 'responsable'" [Dolors Sabater accepts loss of office as mayor of Badalona and promises a 'responsible' transfer of power]. El Periódico de Catalunya (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  7. ^ "Xavier García Albiol se convierte en el nuevo alcalde de Badalona" [Xavier García Albiol becomes new mayor of Badalona] (in Spanish). Barcelona al Día. 12 May 2020. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  8. ^ "CUP approves of alliance with Guanyem, and accepts Dolors Sabater as leading candidate". Ara. 12 December 2020. Retrieved 29 December 2020.
  9. ^ Quílez, Silvia (14 February 2021). "La CUP duplica sus escaños y mantiene la llave de la mayoría absoluta independentista" [The CUP doubles its seats and holds the key to an independentist absolute majority] (in Spanish). RTVE. Retrieved 20 February 2021.

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