Gerardo Iglesias

Gerardo Iglesias Argüelles (born 29 June 1945) is a Spanish retired politician and miner. He was the Secretary-General of the Communist Party of Spain (PCE) from 1982 to 1988.

Gerardo Iglesias
(Gerardo Iglesias) Felipe González conversa con el secretario general del Partido Comunista de España (cropped).jpg
Member of the Congress of Deputies
In office
Personal details
Born (1945-06-29) 29 June 1945 (age 75)
El Cerezal, Mieres, Spain
Political partyPCE (1950s–1988); IU
OccupationMiner, politician, trade unionist


Born on 29 June 1945 in El Cerezal, in the Asturian municipality of Mieres, to a family of miners,[1] he began to work as builder at age 12, and at the coal mines at age 15, when he was already a member of the clandestine Communist Party of Spain (PCE).[1]

During the Francoist dictatorship Iglesias spent much of his youth in prison for his political activities in opposition to the regime and joined the PCE's Central Committee. He later became during the Spanish transition to democracy the leader of the Comisiones Obreras's regional Asturias branch and the PCE's Asturian organization.[1] In 1982 he replaced Santiago Carrillo at the helm of the PCE,[2] and following the June 1986 general election, he was elected member of the 3rd Congress of Deputies in representation of Madrid,[3] running as candidate of the newly created United Left (IU) coalition in which the PCE had subsumed. He resigned to the leadership of the PCE in March 1988, leaving the party in November 1988 over discrepancies with the new Secretary-General, Julio Anguita.[4] He briefly served as the first coordinator of IU (progressively becoming a full-fledged federation) before also giving the reins to Anguita and returning to the mine in 1989.[5]

He suffered a work accident while peaking at the mine shafts, and as he did not recovered from a surgical operation of spinal disc herniation, he asked in 1990 for the accreditation of permanent incapacity benefits, conceded in 1992.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Gerardo Iglesias comenzó a trabajar como minero a los quince años". ABC: 20.
  2. ^ "Gerardo Iglesias nuevo secretario general del PCE". El País. 8 November 1982.
  3. ^ "III Legislatura. (1986-1989). Iglesias Argüelles, Gerardo". Congress of Deputies.
  4. ^ Aracil, Rafael (1998) [1995]. "La España democrática: de los Pactos de la Moncloa a Maastricht". El mundo actual: de la segunda guerra mundial a nuestros días. Edicions Universitat de Barcelona. p. 633. ISBN 84-8338-006-4.
  5. ^ López, Alicia (27 March 2011). "Izquierda Unida cumple 25 años". El Mundo.
  6. ^ García, Luis (12 May 1992). "Gerardo Iglesias, jubilado como picador de Hunosa". El País.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Santiago Carrillo
Secretary-General of the Communist Party of Spain
Succeeded by
Julio Anguita
Preceded by
Post created
Coordinator-General of the United Left
Succeeded by
Julio Anguita