Spanish Prime Minister presents government

Spanish Prime Minister presents government

World November 3, 2016 19:18

- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced Thursday his new cabinet. Many ministers remain in the same place as during his first government, but the new team of fourteen ministers (including the prime minister) has six new faces. Five ministers are women.

Rajoy has the parliament given the chance again to lead a government, but he lacks a majority in the Spanish parliament. Now, he must compromise to get parliamentary support.

Deputy Prime Minister continues Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría. Luis de Guindos continues on Economic Affairs. Finance gets Cristóbal Montoro Romero. The Minister of Defence is now a woman, María Dolores de Cospedal García. Alfonso Dastis Quecedo is the new Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Mayor of Seville, Juan Ignacio Zoido, Minister of the Interior. Friday the government is officially installed.

Rajoy of the conservative People's Party (PP) was prime minister in late 2011. The PP lost the majority in 2015. The second cabinet Rajoy comes provisionally end the political stalemate that has lasted ten months.

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