First modification: 07/10/2021 – 21:19
The President of the Spanish Government announced this Saturday profound changes in the configuration of his Executive, with modifications considered “historical”, among which is the increase in the quota of women in the Ministries, which will go from occupying 54% of portfolios to 63%.
This Saturday, President Pedro Sánchez announced his biggest movement within the Government since he entered Moncloa with a remodeling that affects important executive portfolios.
“The ministerial structure is maintained, the vice presidencies are reduced to three and changes are made in various portfolios with the aim of undertaking a fair recovery, providing youth and closeness,” said the president while making the news public on July 10.
I have just transmitted to the Head of State the composition of the new Government. The ministerial structure is maintained, the vice presidencies are reduced to three and changes are made in several portfolios with the aim of undertaking a fair recovery, providing youth and closeness. pic.twitter.com/Ndk9LMM1jT
– Pedro Sánchez (@sanchezcastejon) July 10, 2021
With this change, the president has wanted to make it clear that he is not afraid to do without his hard core. Among those leaving are First Vice President Carmen Calvo; the head of Transportation, José Luis Ábalos, and his Cabinet director at Moncloa, Iván Redondo.
Following the announcement of his departure, the president thanked the outgoing ministers for their work, especially in the most critical part of the pandemic.
The new signings for the presidential Cabinet are profiles from municipal politics, among which three socialist mayors from different parts of the country stand out. One of them voted against Sánchez in the party’s primaries, which is why some experts explain her signing as an attempt to generate more unity within the PSOE.
These will be the positions of those selected: Pilar Alegría will occupy the Ministry of Education and Professional Training; Pilar Llop, the Ministry of Justice; Diana Morant, the Ministry of Science and Innovation; Raquel Sánchez will direct the Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda portfolio and Isabel Rodríguez that of Territorial Policy.
With regard to men, Félix Bolaño will be in charge of the Ministry of the Presidency, Relations with the Courts and Democratic Memory and José Manuel Albares will be in charge of Foreign Affairs, EU and cooperation.
The leader has justified the remodeling with two reasons: the search for a generational renewal, with younger members, and the desire to include more women in the Executive, who will occupy 63% of the ministerial portfolios.
With the new members of the Government, the leader has reduced the average age of his cabinet from 55 to 50 years.
Economic recovery, primary objective of the new Spanish Executive
Sánchez has also indicated that the new Government will be very focused on the economic recovery of the country, after the crisis derived from the pandemic.
“Today begins the Government of recovery, made up of women and men whose mission will be to completely overcome the worst calamity experienced in decades by humanity and by Spain,” said the president in reference to the coronavirus pandemic and the health and economic crisis that this has caused.
To combat the economic crisis, Sánchez has decided to move Nadia Calviño, Minister of Economy, to the first vice presidency. After the announcement, Calviño thanked the president for the “great honor and responsibility.”
It is an honor and a great responsibility to be First Vice President of the Government of Spain.
We must row together to consolidate economic and social recovery, boost job creation and move towards a better country
– Nadia Calviño (@NadiaCalvino) July 10, 2021
The new composition of Pedro Sánchez’s team has not affected the ministries of the United We Can coalition government. An agreement that the president reached with Yolanda Díaz, third vice president, before giving the announcement.
These changes of panorama are the first in the coalition legislature since the relief of Salvador Illa, at the head of the Ministry of Health, and the departure of the Government – and later of politics – of Pablo Iglesias, until recently head of United Podemos and second vice president of the Executive.
The news of the remodeling of the Government does not come by surprise, several weeks ago the national media speculated about this possibility. Now, the new presidential cabinet must prove its effectiveness in the face of multiple national challenges, such as the economic crisis or gender equality, among others.
With EFE and local media