Spanish official who helped end militant ETA campaign dies

1 photo
Save Story

Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

MADRID (AP) — Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, a former deputy prime minister of Spain who played a key role in ending the militant group ETA's violent six-decade campaign for Basque independence, died Friday at 67.

The Spanish Socialist party said Rubalcaba died in a hospital two days after he suffered a stroke.

Rubalcaba was Spain's minister for education and science in the early 1990s. After José Rodríguez Zapatero became the head of government, Rubalcaba was responsible for state security as Spain's interior minister from 2006-2011.

He guided efforts to stop attacks by the ETA, the Basque acronym for Basque Homeland and Freedom. Some ETA leaders were captured. The group's last killing was in 2010.

In 2011, Rubalcaba was the Socialist candidate for prime minister but his party lost that year's general election.


This story corrects that ETA is a Basque acronym, not a Spanish one.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Most recent World stories

Related topics

The Associated Press


    Get informative articles and interesting stories delivered to your inbox weekly. Subscribe to the Trending 5.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast