Ángel Cristóbal Montes
Person - Cristóbal Montes, Ángel (1935-)

Cristóbal Montes, Ángel (1935-)




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Cristóbal Montes, Ángel (1935-)

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Spanish politician and Professor of Law. He was born on 15 August 1935. He is a Professor of Civil Law at the University of Zaragoza and author of more than thirty books, as well as numerous works and journalistic articles. Son of a victim of a reprisal and republican worker, Ángel Cristóbal was born in the neighborhood of Jesús, where he lived until he was twenty-four years old. He studied law at the University of Zaragoza, in whose library he could read authors that were banned in Spain (e.g. Marx or Nietzsche). After obtaining his degree, in 1959 he emigrated to Venezuela, where his sister and his parents had settled. He stayed there for thirteen years, during which time he was a ministerial advisor, law draftsman, and lecturer, as well as Professor at the Central Univesity of Venezuela and the Catholic University of Andrés Bello. He returned to Zaragoza in 1972, and since then, he combines teaching with politics, being successively a member of the Partido Socialista Obrero Español (PSOE/Spanish Socialist Worker's Party), Centro Democrático y Social (CDS/ Democratic and Social Centre), and of the Partido Popular (PP/ People's Party). He was a PSOE representative in the Congress from 1976 to 1982 and advisor to the Aragonese pre-autonomic body for three years. Being a member of PP, he has been councilman of the Zaragoza Town Council and presidential candidate of the Autonomous Community of Aragon in 1987. Since then, he is a parliamentary deputy of Aragon for PP, chairing the Parliament in its third parliamentary term (1991-1995). This was a period of enormous political tension, which was not external to the motion of censure that led José Marco to the presidency of the Autonomous Government, with the support of the defector Gomáriz. During his presidency, the Pacto del Agua (Water Pact) was signed and a unanimous agreement was reached on the reform of the Statute. After the PP-PAR government pact, he was replaced at the head of the Parliament by the Aragonese Emilio Eiroa. Ángel Cristóbal was a brilliant speaker and a controversial man; politically speaking, he defines himself as a liberal and a republican. In addition, he has been protagonist of historical moments in Spain during the transition to democracy, such as the meetings in the bullring of Misericordia in 1977 (together with Felipe González) and 1979, or the sessions of the Congress presided over by Dolores Ibárruri and Rafael Alberti. His publications include La administración delegada de la sociedad anónima (1977), Estudios de derecho civil (1970), La cuestión sobre la mancomunidad o solidaridad de la responsabilidad por acto lícito común en la jurisprudencia y en la doctrina española (1985), La democracia en España, ¿sobrevivirá? (1993), or La vía pauliana (1997).

Cortes Constituyentes, 1977-1979

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





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Legislators between 1976 and 1982

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College teachers

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Venezuela between 1959 and 1972

Madrid (España) between 1976 and 1982 Obs.:  Diputado

Lugar de Nacimiento:

Zaragoza (España) in 1935


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Spanish socialists



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Partido Socialista Obrero Español  ( He/She is a member of )

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Universidad de Zaragoza (España)  ( He/She works for )


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