Pedro Sánchez remodels his Government. The Prime Minister will announce this Saturday a deep restructuring of the Executive that affects the ministers of the PSOE. The replacement will take place this Monday, when the incoming ministers will take possession of their new portfolios and on Tuesday they will attend their first Council of Ministers. The change promoted by Sánchez will not affect the five ministries that United We can hold in the coalition, as it has advanced the Cadena Ser in the morning of this Saturday.
As El País progresses, Carmen Calvo, until now first vice president, leaves the Executive. Nadia Calviño will assume the position of first vice president, Yolanda Díaz will go from the fourth fourth vice president to the second, while Teresa Ribera will remain as third vice president. For its part, Félix Bolaños, until now Secretary General of the Presidency, will be the head of the Ministry of the Presidency, Relations with the Courts and Democratic Memory, taking over from Carmen Calvo.
Finally, and in the absence of knowing all the changes, El País also anticipates that Pedro Duque leaves La Moncloa and will cease to be Minister of Science and Innovation, as well as Arancha González Laya and Juan Carlos Campo, who leave the Foreign Ministry and Justice portfolio, respectively. Likewise, the Minister of Culture and Sports, José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes, will also leave his post. Miquel Iceta, until now Minister of Territorial Policy, will be the new Minister of Culture and Sports. Finally, the until now Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, José Luis Ábalos, also leaves the Government.
In addition, it has been disclosed that Margarita Robles and Fernando Grande Marlaska will continue to lead the Defense and Interior ministries, respectively. The names of the new ministers are also beginning to be known. In Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares, until now ambassador of Paris, will be in charge, reports El País.
Changes are also made in the internal part of the Government. According to Cadena Ser, Iván Redondo, until now Pedro Sánchez’s cabinet director, will leave La Moncloa. The president’s chief of staff has been a key man for Sánchez. The decision has been made by mutual agreement, reports the Being. His replacement will be Óscar López, current CEO of Paradores and a person very close to the president’s circle.
For weeks there has been speculation about a turn of the helm in La Moncloa for, once the hardest part of the pandemic is over, promote a new government for the remaining 30 months of the legislature. The intention of Pedro Sánchez is that the Executive roll out the social, digital, feminist and green agenda that he explained in his inauguration speech in January 2020 but that he has not been able to carry out due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
There have already been changes in the Government: Illa, Iceta, Darias, Iglesias, Belarra
It is the third time that the Council of Ministers has undergone modifications in this year and a half of the legislature, but it is the first time that such profound changes have taken place. So far, the two readjustments had been minimal. In January of this year, with the departure of Salvador Illa from the Ministry of Health to stand as head of the PSC list in the Catalan elections, Carolina Darias assumed the portfolio of Health, leaving the Ministry of Territorial Policy vacant, since Miquel Iceta took over.
The second time there were changes was before the Madrid elections on May 4. After Pablo Iglesias announced his candidacy as number 1 on the United We Can list, the then leader of the purple formation left his position as second vice president of the Government and minister of Social Rights and Agenda 2030. His ministry was taken over by Ione Belarra, now Secretary General of United We Can, while Yolanda Díaz, Minister of Labor, was also appointed Vice President of the Government.