Fernando Abril Martorell

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Fernando Abril Martorell
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Second Vice President of the Government and Minister of Economy
In office
February 28, 1978 – September 9, 1980
Preceded by Enrique Fuentes Quintana
Succeeded by Leopoldo Calvo-Sotelo y Bustelo
Third Vice President of the Government
In office
July 5, 1977 – February 28, 1978
Preceded by Inaugural holder
Succeeded by Office abolished (Later, Manuel Chaves González)
Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment
In office
5 July 1976 – 6 July 1977
Preceded by Virgilio Oñate González
Succeeded by José Enrique Martínez Genique
Personal details
Born (1936-08-31)31 August 1936
Valencia, Spain
Died 16 February 1998(1998-02-16) (aged 61)
Madrid, Spain
Political party UCD
Profession Politician, agronomist

Fernando Abril Martorell (31 August 1936 – 16 February 1998) was a Valencian Spanish politician and agricultural engineer.


Born in Valencia, Spain, in 1936,[1] he studied Agricultural Engineering and Political Sciences in Madrid, later obtaining a doctorate in both.[2] In 1969 he was named president of the Diputación Provincial de Segovia (Provincial Delegation of Segovia) and was appointed civil governor by Adolfo Suárez. After this he was technical director of the FORPPA (1971-1972) and director of general Agrarian Production (1972-1974). He was appointed Minister of Agriculture in Spain from (1976-1977), a member of the Senate (1977-1979), was one of the founders of Unión de Centro Democrático (Union Democratic Center) (UCD). He was elected regional president of it in Valencia Province. He was third Vice-president of the government for Political Subjects (1977-1978) and second vice president Minister of Economy (1978-1980).

Fernando Abril was also president of the Naval Union of the East (controlled by the Central bank) and vice-president of the Hispanic Central bank (1991).

In June 1990, following a proposal by Felipe González, of the Commission of Analysis and Evaluation of the National System of Health, created by the Ministry of Health, he was involved in initial discussions of reforms the Spanish sanitary system particularly in Madrid.

He died in Madrid on 16 February 1998 of lung cancer.


  1. ^ Sandra Truscott; Maria J. Garcia (1998). "A Dictionary of Contemporary Spain" (PDF). Routledge. New York. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Patricia Gascó Escudero (28 November 2011). UCD-Valencia: Estrategias y grupos de poder político (in Spanish). Universitat de València. pp. 95–96. ISBN 978-84-370-8697-2. Retrieved 31 December 2012.