Cristina Cifuentes

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Cristina Cifuentes Cuencas
Consejo de Gobierno de la Comunidad de Madrid, 17 de abril de 2018b (40825585204).jpg
5th President of the Community of Madrid
In office
24 June 2015 – 25 April 2018
Monarch Felipe VI
Preceded by Ignacio González
Succeeded by Ángel Garrido
President of the People's Party of the Community of Madrid
In office
18 March 2017 – 27 April 2018
Preceded by Esperanza Aguirre
Succeeded by Vacant
Government Delegate in the Community of Madrid
In office
16 January 2012 – 13 April 2015
Preceded by María Dolores Carrión Martín
Succeeded by Concepción Dancausa
Personal details
Born María Cristina Cifuentes Cuencas
(1964-07-01) 1 July 1964 (age 54)
Madrid, Spain
Political party People's Party
Alma mater Complutense University of Madrid

María Cristina Cifuentes Cuencas (born 1 July 1964) is a Spanish politician from the People's Party. She was the President of the Community of Madrid from 24 June 2015 to her 25 April 2018 resignation.[1] From 16 January 2012 to 13 April 2015, she served as the Government Delegate in the Community of Madrid.[2]

Biography[edit]

In 1980, when she was 16 she became a member of People's Alliance, which would later become the People's Party of Spain. She studied Law at the Complutense University of Madrid.

In 2013 she suffered a traffic accident in Madrid while she was driving her motorbike, which put her in a coma for nearly a month.

After being the Government Delegate in Madrid from 2012 to 2015, she was elected President of the Autonomous Community of Madrid with the support of the Spanish liberal party Citizens, having won the 2015 regional election and having obtained 48 representatives out of 129 in the Assembly of Madrid.

On 21 March 2018, Cifuentes was alleged to have fraudulently obtained her Master's degree from King Juan Carlos University.[3] On 5 April 2018, a judicial investigation of the case was initiated.[4]

On 25 April 2018, Cifuentes resigned as President of the Community of Madrid, after the release of a 2011 video that showed her being detained in a supermarket for shoplifting (worth €40),[5] with Ángel Garrido succeeding her as acting president of the community.[6][7] On 27 April 2018, she resigned from the presidency of the People's Party of the Community of Madrid.[8] On 8 May 2018, Cifuentes resigned from her seat in the Assembly of Madrid and announced her retirement from politics.[9]

Electoral history[edit]

Electoral history of Cristina Cifuentes
Election List Constituency List position Result
European Parliament election, 1987 AP Spain 57th (out of 60) ☒N Not elected
Madrilenian regional election, 1991 PP Community of Madrid 46th (out of 101) ☑Y Elected
European Parliament election, 1994 PP Spain 60th (out of 64) ☒N Not elected
Madrilenian regional election, 1995 PP Community of Madrid 16th (out of 103) ☑Y Elected
Madrilenian regional election, 1999 PP Community of Madrid 17th (out of 102) ☑Y Elected
Madrilenian regional election, May 2003 PP Community of Madrid 20th (out of 111) ☑Y Elected
Madrilenian regional election, October 2003 PP Community of Madrid 20th (out of 111) ☑Y Elected
Madrilenian regional election, 2007 PP Community of Madrid 13th (out of 120) ☑Y Elected
Madrilenian regional election, 2011 PP Community of Madrid 13th (out of 129) ☑Y Elected
Madrilenian regional election, 2015 PP Community of Madrid 1st (out of 129) ☑Y Elected

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reyero, Itziar (23 June 2015). "Los agujeros negros de Cristina Cifuentes". ABC (in esh). Madrid. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  2. ^ Preston, Jennifer (26 September 2012). "Images of Clashes at Anti-Austerity Protests in Europe". The New York Times. The Lede. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  3. ^ Ejerique, Raquel (21 March 2018). "Cristina Cifuentes obtuvo su título de máster en una universidad pública con notas falsificadas". El Diario (in Spanish). Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Prosecutors to probe Madrid regional leader master's degree scandal". El País. Madrid. 6 April 2018. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Madrid leader Cifuentes resigns over supermarket 'theft video'". BBC News. 25 April 2018. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  6. ^ Blasco, Pedro (25 April 2018). "Ángel Garrido, nombrado presidente en funciones de la Comunidad de Madrid". Voz Populi (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  7. ^ Marcos, José (25 April 2018). "Ángel Garrido, el sucesor natural de Cifuentes". El País (in Spanish). Madrid. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Cifuentes renuncia a la presidencia del PP de la Comunidad de Madrid". El País (in Spanish). Madrid. 27 April 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Cifuentes deja su acta de diputada y se retira de la política". El País (in Spanish). Madrid. 8 May 2018. Retrieved 8 May 2018.