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Ángel Acebes Paniagua
is a Spanish
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Married, Acebes holds a degree in law from the University of Salamanca
The University of Salamanca is a Spanish higher education institution, located in the town of Salamanca, west of Madrid. It was founded in 1134 and given the Royal charter of foundation by King Alfonso IX in 1218. It is the oldest founded university in Spain and the third oldest European...
, although he has been a member of parliament for the rightwing People's Party
The People's Party is a conservative political party in Spain.The People's Party was a re-foundation in 1989 of the People's Alliance , a party led and founded by Manuel Fraga Iribarne, a former Minister of Tourism during Francisco Franco's dictatorship...
since 1996 representing Avila
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Acebes played a key role in securing the support of minority parties and so making it possible for the People's Party to form a government. He was Justice Minister from 1999 to 2002 and Interior Minister from 2002 to 2004. He was the Minister responsible for Homeland Security and Police when the Madrid bombings occurred and was criticised by his opponents for blaming the attacks on ETA
ETA , an acronym for Euskadi Ta Askatasuna is an armed Basque nationalist and separatist organization. The group was founded in 1959 and has since evolved from a group promoting traditional Basque culture to a paramilitary group with the goal of gaining independence for the Greater Basque Country...
, allegedly for electoral gain, rather than on Islamic militants.