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Gabriel Rufián

Gabriel Rufián
Gabriel Rufián in 2022
Member of the Congress of Deputies
Assumed office
13 January 2016
Personal details
Gabriel Rufián Romero

(1982-02-08) 8 February 1982 (age 42)
Santa Coloma de Gramanet, Catalonia, Spain
Political partyRepublican Left of Catalonia
Alma materPompeu Fabra University

Gabriel Rufián Romero (born 8 February 1982) is a Spanish politician. In the Spanish general election of 2015 he led the Republican Left of Catalonia, a pro-independence electoral party.[1] He is also a member of the secretariat of the Assemblea Nacional Catalana and a member of Súmate, two other pro-independence groups.[2]

In the 2016 general election, he was elected to the Spanish Cortes Generales for the constituency of Barcelona. On 20 September 2017, in support of the Catalan referendum on independence on 1 October, he told Mariano Rajoy to "take his dirty hands off Catalan institutions", after the Judiciary of Spain arrested several Catalan politicians as part of Operation Anubis. Later he and several other Catalan politicians walked out of the parliament in protest.[3][4]

In September 2018, Rufián was part of a one-hour question time directed towards the former premier José María Aznar.[5]

In the 2023 Spanish general election, Rufián again led the Republican Left of Catalonia as the ERC's leading candidate. The 2023 election saw a significant defeat for the ERC,[6] losing 6 of the party's 13 seats in the Congress of Deputies.[6][7] Rufián hailed the election results, declaring "If they want to govern their country, they will have to respect ours",[6], referencing the potential kingmaker role,[8] which pro-independence parties held after the contentious election.[6][7][8]


  1. ^ ACN (7 November 2015). "Gabriel Rufián encapçalarà la llista d'ERC al congrés en rebre el suport de l'àmplia majoria del consell nacional". VilaWeb. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  2. ^ Xuriach, Roger (8 August 2015). "Rufián: "El independentismo ha superado el antiespañolismo"". Público (in Spanish). Barcelona. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Catalonia referendum: Spain steps up raids to halt vote". BBC News. BBC. 20 September 2017. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  4. ^ Marsden, Sam (20 September 2017). "Catalonia: Thousands take to streets of Barcelona to protest crackdown on separatists". The Independent. Barcelona. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  5. ^ Duro interrogatorio de Rufián a Aznar. Youtube (in Spanish). La Vanguardia. 18 September 2018. Archived from the original on 15 May 2019. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d "Landslide Socialist win in Spanish election in Catalonia". 23 July 2023. Retrieved 25 July 2023.
  7. ^ a b Goodman, Jack Guy,Al (23 July 2023). "No clear victor in Spanish election as results defy predictions". CNN. Retrieved 25 July 2023.((cite web)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ a b "Spanish elections: Uncertainty hangs over future government". euronews. 24 July 2023. Retrieved 25 July 2023.

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