Mariano Rajoy Brey (born 27 March 1955) is a Spanish politician who has been the Prime Minister of Spain, since 2011 and leader of the People's Party since 2004. Rajoy was a Minister for the Aznar administration between 1996 and 2003 and Deputy Prime Minister between 2000 and 2003. Rajoy was the Leader of the Opposition between 2004 and 2011 under José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero's government. After a landslide victory in the 2011 election, he has been the Prime Minister of Spain.
Born 27 March 1955 in Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Galicia, Rajoy is the grandson of Enrique Rajoy Leloup, one of the architects of the Statute of Autonomy of Galicia in 1932, who was removed from university teaching by the dictatorship in the early 1950s. He is the son of Mariano Rajoy Sobredo, a jurist, and president of the Provincial Court of Pontevedra, the city where he grew up.
Later on, his father was transferred to León and the whole family moved there. He was duly enrolled, together with his brothers Luis and Enrique, and spent ten years there before moving to the Jesuit school in Vigo. After finishing secondary school he started university, enrolling in the Law Faculty in Santiago de Compostela...
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