Leopoldo Calvo-Sotelo

Spanish politician
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Leopoldo Ramón Pedro Calvo-Sotelo y Bustelo, 1st Marquis of the Ría of Ribadeo, Grandee of Spain (Spanish pronunciation: [leoˈpoldo ˈkalβosoˈtelo i βusˈtelo]; 14 April 1926 – 3 May 2008) was a Spanish politician. He was the prime minister during the end of Francisco Franco's dictatorship in Spain.

Leopoldo Calvo-Sotelo
The Marquis of the Ría of Ribadeo

Prime Minister of Spain
In office
25 February 1981 – 1 December 1982
MonarchJuan Carlos I
DeputyRodolfo Martín Villa
Juan Antonio García Díez
Preceded byAdolfo Suárez
Succeeded byFelipe González
Second Deputy Prime Minister of Spain
In office
9 September 1980 – 25 February 1981
Prime MinisterAdolfo Suárez
Preceded byFernando Abril Martorell
Succeeded byJuan Antonio García Díez
Minister of Public Works
In office
4 July 1976 – April 1977
Prime MinisterAdolfo Suárez
Preceded byAntonio Valdés González-Roldán
Succeeded byCarlos Pérez de Bricio Olarriaga (acting)
Minister of Commerce
In office
13 December 1975 – 6 July 1976
Prime MinisterCarlos Arias Navarro
Preceded byJosé Luis Cerón Ayuso
Succeeded byJosé Lladó Fernández-Urrutia
Member of the Congress of Deputies for Madrid
In office
28 July 1983 – 23 April 1986
In office
15 June 1977 – 31 August 1982
Member of the European Parliament for Spain
In office
1 January 1986 – 10 June 1987
Personal details
Leopoldo Ramón Pedro Calvo-Sotelo y Bustelo

(1926-04-14)14 April 1926
Madrid, Spain
Died3 May 2008(2008-05-03) (aged 82)
Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid, Spain
Resting placeRibadeo Cemetery, Galicia, Spain
Political partyUCD
Spouse(s)María del Pilar Ibáñez-Martín Mellado
ChildrenLeopoldo (b. 1957)
Juan (b. 1958)
María del Pilar (b. 1959)
Pedro (b. 1960)
Víctor María (b. 1961)
José María (b. 1964)
Andrés (b. 1965)
Pablo(b. 1965)

He died of cardiac arrest at his home in Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid, aged 82.[1]


  1. "Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo: Post-Franco Prime Minister of Spain who survived an attempted coup and was determined to see the country join Nato". The Times. UK. 5 May 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2008.

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