Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo
Calvo Sotelo, Leopoldo
Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo (lā´əpōl´dō käl´vō sōtĕl´ō), 1926–2008, Spanish engineer and political leader. A conservative, he held (1975–77) ministerial posts before becoming (1980) deputy prime minister for economic affairs. When Adolfo Suárez resigned as prime minister in 1981, he succeeded him; his installation was interrupted by an abortive coup in which the parliament was seized while in session. Under Calvo Sotelo, Spain joined NATO and continued its transition from the Franco dictatorship to full-fledged democracy. He resigned before the 1982 elections in which the Socialist party, led by Felipe González, was victorious.
Spanish Prime Ministers
UCD = Centre Democrat PSOE = Socialist Workers' Party
* Franco titled himself ‘Chairman of the Council of Ministers’ from 1936. After his death, the monarchy was restored, in the person of Juan Carlos.
José María Aznar
José Luis RodrÍguez Zapatero