Spain’s Prime Minister Sanchez reshapes his cabinet to focus on the economy


“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.

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 following 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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