The former director general of the Civil Guard and the National Police Joan Mesquida died this Monday at the age of 57 as a result of cancer, as indicated by the Armed Institute on its official Twitter account. In his last political stage he has served as the Deputy Secretary General of the National Executive Commission of Citizens.
Mesquida was also Secretary of State for Tourism and Minister of Finance and Budgets of the Balearic Islands, as well as Director General of Infrastructure of the Ministry of Defense. He served as general director of the Civil Guard between April 2006 and September 2006 and as general director of the National Police Corps and the Civil Guard from September 2006 to April 18, 2008, during the Government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero .
Just over a year ago he made the leap to Ciudadanos. In February 2019, Albert Rivera, at that time president of the liberal party, announced his signing for the formation currently led by Inés Arrimadas. In the announcement of his return to politicsMesquida explained that he decided to end his membership in the PSOE in March 2018 because he sensed “that the drift of Pedro Sánchez opened the door to independence and populism, which he always denied when he was in the opposition.” He was currently part of the national Executive, occupying the position of second deputy secretary of political formation. On March 15, he announced through his Twitter account that had cancer.
After knowing his death, Arrimadas has assured in a tweet that they are “devastated by the death” of his “colleague Joan Mesquida”. “An extraordinary person, a loyal friend and a statesman. Until the end he kept intact his will to live and his illusion to improve this country. How much we are going to miss you, my friend. DEP”, has published the president of Ciudadanos.