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Carmen Alborch Bataller (Castelló de Rugat, Valencia, Spain, 31 October 1947) is a Spanish politician, actress, writer and former Minister of Culture.

Alborch studied Law, gaining a doctorate, and specialising in mercantile law. She directed the Valencia Institute of Modern Art (IVAM) between 1988 and 1993. She became politically active with the PSOE in 1992 and served as Minister of Culture from 1993 to 1996 in the last government of Felipe González. Among other awards and acknowledgements, she received the Gran Cruz de Carlos III and the Progressive women's award.

In 1996 she was elected to the Congress of Deputies, representing Valencia.[1] She chaired the Committee of Control of RTVE (the state radio and TV corporation) from 1996 until January 2000, and the Commission on Women's Rights and Equal Opportunities[1] from May 2004 to January 2008 in the Congress. As an author she has written a number of books including Solas (Women Alone) and Malas (Bad Women).[2]

In May 2007 she stood as the PSOE candidate for Mayor of Valencia but lost to the incumbent People's Party Mayor Rita Barberá.[3] She retired from the lower chamber at the 2008 general election and was re-elected for the Spanish Senate also representing Valencia province.

External links


  1. ^ a b Spain's Congress of Deputies - official website
  2. ^ Profile at
  3. ^ El País article on Valencia 2007 Mayoral election (in Spanish)


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