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Rubalcaba, honorary citizen of Cantabria (Spain)

Santander / The Government of Cantabria has already begun the process of appointing the former PSOE leader and former minister and vice president of the nation’s executive, Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, honorary citizen of Cantabria posthumously.


It is the maximum distinction granted by the region to those people who, “having been born in Cantabria, have stood out for their relevant merits, especially for their work or cultural, scientific, social, political or economic activities for the benefit of the autonomous community”, as it is included in the Law of Honors, Decorations and Distinctions.

The president of Cantabria, Miguel Angel Revilla, and the vice president, Eva Diaz Tezanos, agreed last Friday, May 10, the date on which the politician born in Solares died, to begin the administrative file for this appointment issued by the head of the Cantabrian Executive and that will approve by decree the Council of Government.

In this way, the autonomous community of Cantabria wants to give Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba his highest distinction in recognition of his “extensive professional career in public service” and the “affection of the Cantabrian people towards his person”, as has been noted in these last days.

Perez Rubalcaba died on Friday after suffering a stroke and his ashes are resting in the cemetery of La Paz-Tres Cantos, in the Madrid town of Alcobendas, with his parents.

As explained to EFE family sources, all the flowers received these days have been delivered to the PSOE to be distributed during the election campaign in the rallies held in the various Spanish municipalities.

Alt= cartel del vicepresidente del Gobierno socialista Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba en una sede del PSOE en Solares Cantabria EFE

Poster of the former vice president of the socialist government Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, placed at the headquarters of the party in the Cantabrian town of Solares, after his death. EFE

Farewell in Congress

More than a thousand people bid farewell yesterday at the Puerta de los Leones in the Congress in the exit of the coffin of the historic Socialist leader, flanked by the President of the Government, Pedro Sanchez, and the Congress, Ana Pastor, as well as by senior officials and the PSOE.

When introducing it in the hearse, the citizens gathered there shouted “viva España” and “mucho ánimo” to the close friends of the politician and to the socialist leaders.

After that public farewell the burial and its incineration was held in the strictest privacy.

Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba died aged 67 after an intense life dedicated to politics. He was minister of Education and Presidency with Felipe Gonzalez y del Interior and first vice president with Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, was a reference in the last decades of the PSOE, of which he became secretary general.

Born in Solares, Cantabria, on July 28, 1951, he was doctor in Chemical Sciences in the Complutense University of Madrid and after his political career, professor of Organic Chemistry of this university. (May 13, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)

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Principalmente, en el texto se habla... (Mainly in the text, it's talked about...)
de la carrera profesional de Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba.
del fallecimiento de un exlíder del PSOE.
de una distinción que se quiere conceder a Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba.
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En el texto se dice que el Gobierno de Cantabria... (It's said in the text that the Government of Cantabria...)
acaba de nombrar a Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba Hijo Predilecto.
inició unos trámites para que Rubalcaba sea nombrado Hijo Predilecto de Cantabria.
recibió una petición del presidente del Gobierno para que Rubalcaba sea nombrado Hijo Predilecto.
Question 3
Según el texto... (According to the text...)
el Gobierno de Cantrabria inició esos trámites antes de que falleciera Rubalcaba.
se concede esa distinción a las personas nacidas en ese lugar que hayan destacado por su trabajo.
no es necesario que el Consejo de Gobierno apruebe esa distinción.
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En el texto se dice que... (It's said in the text that...)
Rubalcaba falleció después de haber sufrido un ictus.
Rubalcaba fue presidente del Gobierno en más de una ocasión.
miles de personas estuvieron presentes en el entierro de Rubalcaba.
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En el vídeo se dice que... (It's said in the video that...)
la capilla ardiente fue instalada en el Senado.
se enviaron numerosos mensajes de apoyo tras el fallecimiento de Rubalcaba.
es posible que se suspendan las actividades de la campaña del PSOE.
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