Leader of the Opposition (Spain)

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Leader of the Opposition
Líder de la oposición
PP icono 2019.svg
Logo of the largest party in opposition
Pablo Casado 2020c (cropped).jpg
Incumbent
Pablo Casado

since 21 July 2018
ResidenceNo official residence
AppointerNone
Term lengthNo fixed term
Inaugural holderManuel Fraga
Formation28 December 1982 (formally)
8 February 1983 (officially)

The Leader of the Opposition (Spanish: Líder de la oposición) is an unofficial honorary title held by the leader of the largest party in the Congress of Deputies—the lower house of the Spanish parliament.

List of opposition leaders[change | change source]

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Tenure Party Opposition to
government
Election Prime Minister
(Tenure)
Start End Duration
Manuel Fraga 1983 (cropped).jpg Manuel Fraga
(1922–2012)
28 December
1982
24 July
1986
3 years and 338 days AP González I 1982 Felipe González
Felipe González 1991 (cropped).jpg
(1982–1996)
24 July
1986
1 December
1986
González II 1986
During this interval, the post was vacant.
Miguel Herrero de Miñón 1980 (cropped).jpg Miguel Herrero de Miñón
(born 1940)
23 December
1986
8 February
1987
47 days AP
Escudo de España (mazonado).svg Antonio Hernández Mancha
(born 1951)
8 February
1987
20 January
1989
1 year and 347 days AP
During this interval, the post was vacant.
José María Aznar 1996 (cropped).jpg José María Aznar[n 1]
(born 1953)
21 November
1989
13 July
1993
6 years and 166 days PP González III 1989
13 July
1993
5 May
1996
González IV 1993
Felipe González 1996 (cropped).jpg Felipe González
(born 1942)
5 May
1996
21 June
1997
1 year and 47 days PSOE Aznar I 1996 José María Aznar
José María Aznar 2003d (cropped).jpg
(1996–2004)
Joaquin Almunia 2002 (cropped).jpg Joaquín Almunia
(born 1948)
21 June
1997
26 May
1998
339 days PSOE
Josep Borrell 2016 (cropped).jpg Josep Borrell[n 2]
(born 1947)
26 May
1998
14 May
1999
353 days PSOE
Joaquin Almunia 2002 (cropped).jpg Joaquín Almunia
(born 1948)
14 May
1999
12 March
2000
303 days PSOE
During this interval, the post was vacant. Aznar II 2000
José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero 2004 (cropped).jpg José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero
(born 1960)
22 July
2000
17 April
2004
3 years and 270 days PSOE
Mariano Rajoy in 2008 (cropped).jpg Mariano Rajoy[n 3]
(born 1955)
17 April
2004
12 April
2008
7 years and 248 days PP Zapatero I 2004 José Luis
Rodríguez Zapatero

José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero 2011c (cropped).jpg
(2004–2011)
12 April
2008
21 December
2011
Zapatero II 2008
Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba 2012b (cropped).jpg Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba[n 4]
(1951–2019)
21 December
2011
26 July
2014
2 years and 217 days PSOE Rajoy I 2011 Mariano Rajoy
Mariano Rajoy 2018b (cropped).jpg
(2011–2018)
Pedro Sánchez 2015h (cropped).jpg Pedro Sánchez
(born 1972)
26 July
2014
1 October
2016
2 years and 67 days PSOE
2015
During this interval, the post was vacant. Rajoy II 2016
Pedro Sánchez 2018b (cropped).jpg Pedro Sánchez
(born 1972)
18 June
2017
2 June
2018
349 days PSOE
During this interval, the post was vacant. Sánchez I Pedro Sánchez
Pedro Sánchez 2020 (portrait).jpg
(2018–present)
Pablo Casado 2020c (cropped).jpg Pablo Casado
(born 1981)
21 July
2018
8 January
2020
3 years and 53 days PP
Apr. 2019
8 January
2020
Incumbent Sánchez II Nov. 2019

Notes[change | change source]

  1. While José María Aznar led the PP parliamentary group in Congress in opposition from 21 November 1989, he did not become PP leader until 1 April 1990.
  2. Josep Borrell became the PSOE candidate for Prime Minister in a party primary held on 24 April 1998 and was appointed as PSOE's spokesperson in Congress on 26 May, but Joaquín Almunia retained the party's leadership.
  3. While Mariano Rajoy led the PP parliamentary group in Congress in opposition from 17 April 2004, he did not become PP leader until 2 October 2004.
  4. While Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba led the PSOE parliamentary group in Congress in opposition from 21 December 2011, he did not become PSOE leader until 4 February 2012.