Spanish Prime Minister Sánchez reshapes his cabinet to focus on the economy | KWKT



FILE – In this file photo from June 22, 2021, Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez prepares to deliver a statement at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has reshuffled his cabinet to form what he calls “the government of recovery” in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The biggest change has been the departure of Carmen Calvo, Sanchez’s right-hand man as the most senior Deputy Prime Minister. Economy Minister Nadia Calvino was elevated to take her place. (AP Photo / Paul White, file)

MADRID (AP) – Spain’s prime minister reshuffled his cabinet on Saturday, forming what he called “the government of recovery” in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has led a minority coalition government formed by his Socialist Party and the anti-austerity United We Can party since January 2020. He managed to keep it afloat during the pandemic and pass a budget by securing key votes opposition parties.

“As we put the pandemic behind us, the new government will focus on the country’s economic recovery and job creation, and take full advantage of the huge opportunity presented by the European Union’s recovery funds,” he said. Sánchez said.

Women will head 14 of the 22 ministries of the Spanish government, compared to 12 in the current Cabinet. Sánchez has made gender equality and women’s rights one of the priorities of her tenure.

Sánchez left the five ministers of United We Can intact and made the seven changes on the socialist side of his cabinet.

The biggest change was the departure of Carmen Calvo, the Deputy Prime Minister. Economy Minister Nadia Calviño was elevated to take her place. Calvo leaves the day after a standoff with Equality Minister Irene Montero of United We Can over the bill that will allow gender self-determination.

José Albares will become the new Minister of Foreign Affairs after leaving his post as Ambassador to France. Albares will replace Arancha González Laya, who has come under heavy criticism over the recent diplomatic row with Morocco.

Juan Campo stepped down as justice minister just weeks after the Spanish government pardoned nine instigators of the 2017 secession attempt by the northeastern region of Catalonia. Judge Pilar Llop will step down from the presidency of the Senate to succeed Campo.


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