Monday, September 8, 2014
Juan José Ibarretxe Markuartu
Juan José Ibarretxe Markuartu (1957) is a (Spanish) Basque politician and a leading member of the Basque Nationalist Party (PNV). He was President (lehendakari) of Spain's Basque Country autonomous community from 1999 to May, 2009.
In October 2003 he released the highly controversial Ibarretxe Plan (Plan Ibarretxe), which foresees a future Basque country freely associated with Spain, with its own separate legal system and European Union (EU) representation. Ibarretxe grew up speaking only Spanish, but now speaks fluent Basque and English.