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Joseba Arregi, the nationalist who changed course to defend the victims, dies

Joseba Arregi, during a conference, last November. (Photo: Youtube)

Former Basque councilor and former parliamentarian Joseba Arregi died this Tuesday at the age of 75 after a long illness, Covite sources have reported.

Arregi, who was head of Culture and spokesman for the Basque Government in José Antonio Ardanza’s cabinet, left the PNV in 2004 after maintaining a critical line with this party after the signing of the Lizarra Pact in 1998.

In March 2001, he decided to leave politics and resigned to join the candidacy of the PNV of Gipuzkoa to the Basque Parliament, which he acceded to for the first time for three months in 1987.

Since he left active politics, Arregi raised through the media his thesis favorable to the understanding between nationalists and non-nationalists and the effective recognition of the victims of terrorism, which made him worthy of awards such as that granted by the José Foundation Luis López de Lacalle or the Maite Torrano Award for Tolerance.

This article originally appeared on The HuffPost and has been updated.

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