José Antonio Ardanza

José Antonio Ardanza Garro (born 10 June 1941) is a former Spanish politician that became the second elected Lehendakari (President of the Basque Autonomous Community, Spain after the approval of the Statute of Autonomy. He was in office between 1985 and 1999.

José Antonio Ardanza Garro
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Lehendakari of the Basque Country
In office
26 January 1985 – 2 January 1999
MonarchJuan Carlos I
Vice PresidentJavier García Egotxeaga
Ramón Jáuregui
Jon Imanol Azúa
Juan José Ibarretxe
Preceded byCarlos Garaikoetxea
Succeeded byJuan José Ibarretxe
Personal details
Born (1941-06-10) 10 June 1941 (age 81)
Elorrio, Biscay, Spain
Political partyPNV


In 1985, the Basque Parliament chose Ardanza as its new president. Spanning several legislatures, Ardanza's presidency continued until 1999. He continued the work on self-government begun by his predecessor, concentrating particularly on social and economic development, modernizing the region, and claiming greater levels of self-government. Much of Ardanza's time and effort was also aimed at delivering peace to the region and to denouncing the terrorism of ETA. One achievement was the Pact of Ajuria Enea, subscribed to by virtually all the political parties in the region and designed to create a normal political environment in the Basque Country by eradicating violence. The modernization of the Basque Country that occurred under Ardanza's mandate facilitated further economic and social development that gave Basque society levels of wealth and welfare comparable to those of numerous other Western European regions.[1]

See alsoEdit

Basque tax holidays


  1. ^ "Lehendakaritza". Retrieved 2017-07-11.
Preceded by Lehendakari (Basque President)
Succeeded by