Alejo Vidal-Quadras, Spanish politician, shot in the face in Madrid

Spanish politician Alejo Vidal-Quadras, vice-president of the European Parliament and chairman of the conservative Partido Popular (PP) in Catalonia, was injured in a shooting on the street in Madrid on Thursday, police sources told EFE.

Vidal-Quadras, 78, chaired the conservative party in Spain’s Catalonia region in the 1990s and then served as a member of the European Parliament until 2014, when he briefly switched to Spain’s far-right Vox party.

These sources explained that Vidal Cuadras was shot in the face at around 1:30 PM local time (12:30 GMT) in the central Núñez de Balboa street in Spain’s capital.

Police are looking for a person who fled on a motorcycle wearing a black helmet after shooting the politician.

The investigation is being conducted by a homicide unit and there have been no arrests at this time, these sources indicate.

The Samur-Civil Protection emergency service reported that the injured man was conscious and was taken to a hospital in Madrid, while local police cordoned off the area.

Vidal-Quadras played a notable role in Spanish politics, and not just in Catalan politics, until after a disagreement with the conservatives’ pact with Catalan nationalists to govern Spain, he moved to Brussels, where he became a member of the European Parliament was also vice-president of the Spanish government. the European Parliament between 1999 and 2014.

Last year, he left the PP after 30 years in the party, citing a lack of internal democracy and disagreements with the national leadership, and joined the far-right Vox, although among the disagreements he left only one spent years, also with the party. leadership of this formation.

Source: El heraldo