The Spanish Prime Minister, the Socialist Pedro Sachéz, reshuffled his government on Tuesday (30) after the announcement of the surprise departure of Pablo Iglesias, leader of the radical left party Pode, one of its deputies.
He will be replaced by Yolanda Díaz, which means that the government will be made up of four vice women. “Spain has become the sixth country in the world with the highest proportion of women in government” and the fourth in the European Union (EU), celebrated Sánchez at the Moncloa palace. He recalled that his team, until then completely egalitarian, now has 12 women and 10 men.
Yolanda Díaz, Minister of Labor, becomes the third deputy, and Ione Belarra, Secretary of State for Agenda 2030, becomes Minister of Social Rights. Nadia Calviño, Minister of the Economy, has been promoted to 2nd Vice-President. Carmen Calvo and Teresa Ribera remain respectively first and fourth vice.
The alliance between the Socialist Party (PSOE) and Pode has been marked by tensions in recent weeks.
But, from the point of view of the political council, Sánchez promised that the agreement would remain intact. The radical left maintains five portfolios (labor, equality, social rights, universities and consumption), against 17 for the PSOE. Iglesias, who attended his last Council of Ministers on Tuesday, posted on social media that he “will continue to work where I think I can be most useful”.
This ministerial reform is the second of the coalition government. In January, in the midst of the country’s third wave of pandemic, Health Minister Salvador Illa stepped down from executive power to run in Catalan regional elections next month. He was replaced by the current minister, Carolina Darias.