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José Maldonado González (12 November 1900, in Tineo, Asturias – 11 February 1985, in Oviedo)[1] was the last president of the Spanish Republican government in Exile. Elected in the 1936 Spanish general election as a deputy for Oviedo province, he was a member of the Republican Left party, which formed part of the Popular Front. In 1938, several months before the end of the Spanish Civil War and the fall of the Second Spanish Republic, Maldonado fled to France.

Already in exile, Maldonado held positions in many parts of the notional Republican government, such as Minister of Justice (1949–1951) and Minister of Justice and Information (1962–1971).

At a more practical level, Maldonado lived in Paris and held a variety of teaching jobs. He was also active as a Freemason.

In 1970 he succeeded Luis Jiménez de Asúa as President of the Republic in exile. In 1977 he recognized the elections in Spain and agreed on the Republic in exile ceasing international relations and disband, as agreed with president José López Portillo of Mexico.


  1. ^ "JOSE MALDONADO. Ultimo Presidente de la Republica Española".

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Political offices Preceded byManuel García Fernández-Argüelles Mayor of Tineo May 1931 – October 1933 Succeeded byRafael Llanes Argüelles Preceded byLuis Jiménez de Asúa President of the Spanish Republic in exile 16 November 1970 – 21 June 1977 Position abolished
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