Pío Cabanillas
Person - Cabanillas, Pío (1923-1991)

Cabanillas, Pío (1923-1991)




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Dates of existence/Biographical dates:

Pontevedra (España)  1923-11-13 - 1991-10-10


Spanish notary, land registrar and politician. Cabanilla's father was a lawyer, major officer at the Council of Pontevedra, and secretary at the Official Chamber of Commerce of the same province. His son is Pío Cabanillas Alonso, manager of RTVE and Spokesman Minister in the government of José María Aznar. Cabanillas studied Law at the universities of Granada and Madrid. He worked as a judge at the Directorate General of Registry and Notaries, the national leader of the Legal Services of the Syndicalist Organization, and consultant and member of some private enterprises. Cabanillas was appointed under-secretary of the Ministry of Information and Tourism on July 1962 by Manuel Fraga Iribarne, his close friend, keeping this post until the Matesa's crisis on October 1969. Moreover, he was named judge at Courts and later on, Minister of Information and Tourism in the first government of Arias Navarro (January 1974-October 1974). Pío Cabanillas was one of the promoters of "12nd February 1974's spirit" which enabled a policy of openness; however, the most intransigent side of the government (known as "bunker, and supported by Franco) forced Arias to dismiss Cabanillas, putting an end to his plan. Furthermore, Cabanillas did not agree with Fraga about the policy to follow during the Transition, so Cabanillas did not participate in Popular Alliance's project. On the contrary, he took part in the first right-wing Popular Party on January 1977, along with José María de Areilza. Cabanillas was the president of this formation, which took part in the electoral coalition which was known firslty as Democratic Centre, and then as Democratic Centre Union, from April 1977. The same year, on the general elections held in June, he won a seat as a deputy for Orense at the Congress, joining the Parliamentarian Group of UCD. Cabanillas participated in the first government of democracy and in three out of five governments of Adolfo Suárez. He continued with the government of Calvo-Sotelo, so between July 1977 and December 1982, Cabanillas held the Cultural and Social Welfare, Culture, Associate President, Presidency and Justice portfolios. During this period of time, he kept his seat as deputy for Orense, joining the Centrist Democratic Party during the I and II Legislatures until 1986. After UCD's disappearance, Cabanillas passed briefly by the Liberal Party, from which he was the vice-president, before joining in the Popular Party, which was found again in 1989. Between 1986 and 1991, Cabanillas held a seat as Euro MP, firstly with the European Democratic Group, and then the Christian Democratic Group, between 1989 and 1991. He also was an academician at the Royal Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation, in which he entered on 2nd May 1977 after being elected on 23rd October 1972. Finally, Cabanillas died on 10th October 1991 in Madrid.

Cortes Constituyentes, 1977-1979

Date of the event: 1977-07-13 - 1979-01-02





(Function) He/She carries out/ perform:

Procuradores between 1969 and 1976

(Function) He/She carries out/ perform:

Legislators between 1977 and 1991

(Function) He/She carries out/ perform:

Cabinet officers between 1974 and 1982


Lugar de Nacimiento:

Pontevedra (España) in 1923-11-13

Lugar de Defunci¿n:

Madrid (España) in 1991-10-10





Related Authorities

Arias Navarro, Carlos (1908-1989)  ( He/She is a member of the Government )

Associative relations :

Calvo-Sotelo, Leopoldo (1926-2008)  ( He/She is a member of the Government )

Fraga Iribarne, Manuel (1922-2012)  ( He/She is friend with )

Ministerio de Cultura (España)  ( He/She works for )

Ministerio de Información y Turismo (España)  ( He/She works for )

Suárez, Adolfo (1932-2014)  ( He/She is a member of the Government )


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