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Susana Díaz Pacheco (Spanish pronunciation: [suˈsana ˈði.aθ]; born 18 October 1974) is a Spanish politician from Andalusia and a leading figure in the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE).

Susana Díaz
Susana Díaz 2018 (portrait).jpg
5th President of the Regional Government of Andalusia
Assumed office
5 September 2013
MonarchFelipe VI
Deputy
Preceded byJosé Antonio Griñán
Member of the Congress of Deputies
In office
14 March 2004 – 9 March 2008
ConstituencySeville
Member of the Senate
In office
21 December 2011 – 6 May 2012
ConstituencyAndalusia
Member of the Parliament of Andalusia
Assumed office
9 March 2008
ConstituencySeville
Personal details
Born
Susana Díaz Pacheco

(1974-10-18) 18 October 1974 (age 44)
Seville, Spain
Political partySpanish Socialist Workers' Party
Spouse(s)José María Moriche Ibáñez
ChildrenJosé María
ParentsJosé Díaz
Rosa Pacheco
Alma materUniversity of Seville

She currently serves as the President of Andalusia, having acceded to the presidency following José Antonio Griñán's resignation in 2013, and was subsequently re-elected in Andalusia's 2015 regional election. She additionally serves as the Secretary-General of the Andalusian branch of PSOE.

From 2016 she combined her regional roles with aspirations to the national leadership of the party. Following her defeat to Pedro Sánchez in the PSOE leadership elections held in 2017, she has continued with her regional responsibilities.

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BiographyEdit

Susana Díaz was born the eldest child to José Díaz,[1] a plumber in the Seville City Council, and his wife, Rosa Pacheco, a housewife with whom he had three other daughters, Diana, Rocío and Laura.[2][3] She has a child named José María.[4]

Early political careerEdit

Susana Díaz was elected secretary of Organisation of Socialist Youth of Andalusia in 1997. In the elections of June 1999 she was included in the list of the PSOE to the City of Seville and was elected as councillor and, Alfredo Sánchez Monteseirín as mayor.

Susana Díaz studied law at the University of Seville.

President of Andalusia (2013–present)Edit

Díaz was elected as President of Andalusia in 2013, ruling in coalition with the left-wing United Left party. Following a disagreement with the United Left, she called for early elections, which were held in 2015.

For the 2015 Andalusian parliamentary election, Díaz led a forceful campaign against Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and the austerity cuts imposed by the national government. During the campaign, she also insisted that the Socialists would not form alliances with the People's Party or Podemos if the vote failed to produce a clear-cut winner.[5]

In the election, Díaz's party retained the same number of seats as prior to the election – 47 – although the election was considered a victory for the PSOE, as is became once again the most voted party in Andalusia, since the Popular party lost 17 seats and its former coalition partner, United Left, lost 2 seats. The new parties, Podemos (far-left) and Citizens (centrist), gained 15 and 9 seats, respectively and, after a long period of three-way negotiations with both parties, Diaz came to an agreement with Citizens to reach the 55 seats needed for a majority. In early May 2015, her government received 56 votes for her investiture through an agreement with C's, thus being re-elected as regional President.

In the 2018 Andalusian regional election support for Diaz's socialist party dropped to 33 seats, losing 14 from the previous election. Once again her political party was the most voted in Andalusia, but Susana Diaz could lose presidency of Andalusia if the People's Party and Citizens join forces with VOX; a new political party without previous representation that obtained 12 seats and was labelled by Diaz as "extreme right".[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sánchez-Mellado, Luz (7 July 2013). "Susana Díaz quiere ser baronesa". El País (in Spanish). Almería: Prisa. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  2. ^ Torres, Carmen (24 November 2013). "La última esperanza socialista". El Mundo (in Spanish). Sevilla: Unidad Editorial Información General S.L.U. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Las imágenes y anécdotas de la investidura de Susana Díaz". Huffington Post (in Spanish). España Prisa Noticias S.L.U. 14 June 2015. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  4. ^ GTRES (7 March 2016). "El íntimo y tenso bautizo del hijo de Susana Díaz, en el barrio de Triana". El Mundo. Unidad Editorial. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  5. ^ Minder, Raphael (March 22, 2016). "Shy of Majority, Socialists Win in Spain's Andalusia". New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  6. ^ Wilson, Joseph (2 December 2018). "Far-Right Party Emerges in Spanish Regional Elections". Time. Retrieved 3 December 2018.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mar Moreno
as Andalusian Minister of the Presidency
Regional Minister of the Presidency and Equality of Andalusia
2012–2013
Succeeded by
Manuel Jiménez Barrios
as Andalusian Minister of the Presidency
Preceded by
Micaela Navarro
as Andalusian Minister of Equality
Succeeded by
María José Sánchez Rubio
as Andalusian Minister of Equality
Preceded by
José Antonio Griñán
President of the Regional Government of Andalusia
2013–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
José Antonio Griñán
Secretary-General of the Socialist Workers' Party of Andalusia
2013–present
Incumbent