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Julio Anguita, the historic leader of the United Left, dies at 78

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The historic leader of Izquierda Unida, Julio Anguita, has died at the age of 78 in Córdoba after being unable to overcome a cardiac arrest suffered on Saturday morning.

The former mayor of Córdoba He has finally died in the Reina Sofía Hospital in the Spanish capital, where he was admitted to the ICU.

Born in Fuengirola (Málaga) in 1941 but settled in Córdoba since childhood, Anguita had a degree in Modern and Contemporary History from the University of Barcelona and worked as a national teacher in Montilla, Alicún de Ortega (Granada), Nueva Carteya and Córdoba capital, where he was also a high school teacher at the IES Blas Infante.

He joined the Communist Party of Spain (PCE) in 1972, of which he would be secretary general, and in 1977 he acceded to the Central Committee of the party in Andalusia (PCA). In the municipal elections of 1979 he was the candidate of the PCE for the Mayor of Córdoba, a position he reached and held until 1986 at a stage in which he was nicknamed the "red caliph" as the only communist mayor of a Spanish capital.

Deputy in the Andalusian Parliament during the first two legislatures, he was a candidate for the Presidency of the Junta de Andalucía in 1986 at the head of the United Left coalition, that was released as an electoral brand in said regional elections, achieving 19 seats.

In February 1989 he was elected secretary general of the PCE and a year later he became general coordinator of the IU, with whom he was a candidate for the Presidency of the Government, leading the coalition to obtain its best electoral results in the general elections of 1993 and 1996, year in which he reached 10% of the votes and 21 deputies in Congress.

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