PM Pedro Sanchez Sanchez leaves untouched five ministers of United We Can and makes all seven changes on Socialist side of his cabinet.
Spain’s prime minister has overhauled his cabinet, forming what he called “the government of the recovery” following the coronavirus pandemic.
“As we put the pandemic behind us, the new government will focus on the economic recovery of the country and the creation of jobs, and taking full advantage of the enormous opportunity the European Union recover funds represent,” Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Saturday.
Sanchez has led a minority coalition government formed by his Socialist Party and the anti-austerity United We Can party since January 2020.
He has managed to keep it afloat during the pandemic and pass a budget by securing key votes from opposition parties.
Sanchez left untouched the five ministers of United We Can and made all seven changes on the Socialist side of his Cabinet.
The biggest change was the exit of Carmen Calvo, the deputy prime minister. Economy Minister Nadia Calvino was elevated to take her place.
Calvo leaves in the aftermath of a tug-of-war with Equality Minister Irene Montero, of United We Can, over the draft of a law that will allow gender self-determination.
Jose Albares will become the new foreign minister after leaving his post as ambassador to France.
Albares will replace Arancha Gonzalez Laya, who was heavily criticised for the recent diplomatic spat with Morocco.
Juan Campo is out as minister of justice just weeks after Spain’s government pardoned nine instigators of the 2017 secession attempt by the northeastern region of Catalonia.
Judge Pilar Llop will leave the presidency of the Senate to take over for Campo.