The vigil for Rodolfo Ares, this Friday at the funeral home on Avenida Zumalakarregi in Bilbao


The vigil opens at 12:30 p.m. Ares was a member of the Basque Parliament between 1994 and 2016 and Minister of the Interior in the government of Patxi López.

Euskaraz irakurri: Rodolfo Aresen hil beila ostiralean zabalduko dute Bilboko Zumalakarregi etorbidean

the wake of Rodolfo Ares, former Interior Minister of the Basque Government, will open this Friday at 12:30 pm at the funeral home on Avenida Zumalakarregi in Bilbao. The socialist politician has passed away to the 68 years in the capital of Biscay.

The PSE-EE expressed its “immense pain” and gave his family “a very strong hug” in a short message published on social networks.

Born in Galicia in 1954, he was a member of the Basque Parliament from 1994 to 2016 in two phases: from 1994 to 2009 and from 2012 to 2016. During the government of lehendakari Patxi López, he was Minister of the Interior (2009-2012) , and was in position when ETA announced the final cessation of violence. His tenure was also marked by the death of Athletic Bilbao fan Iñigo Cabacas from a rubber ball thrown by the Ertzaintza.

In the beginning he was a councilor in the City Hall of Bilbao between 1983 and 1990 and the same year he held the position of First Lieutenant General Deputy and Deputy of the Province for Urban Planning and Environment in the Provincial Council of Bizkaiaas he left a year later to present his candidacy for mayor of Bilbao for the PSE-EE in the municipal elections.

During his time as municipal socialist spokesman (1991-1994) he was one of the initiators of the creation of the Bilbao Ría 2000. In 1994 he was first elected as a Basque parliamentarian, where he served as spokesperson for the group Basque socialists between 2000 and 2005. In 2008, the PSOE Congress elected him a member of the Federal Executive Commission.

Likewise it was Secretary of the organization of the PSE-EE (“Number 2”) between 1995 and 2009, under the General Secretaries of Ramón Jauregui, Nicolás Redondo Terreros and Patxi López.


The reactions to the death of Rodolfo Ares have not been long in coming. The PSE-EE, party members, Basque political parties, the lehendakari and the president of the Spanish government, among others, have mourned his death.

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Source: EITB


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