The Portuguese Prime Minister, the socialist António Costa, today took advantage of the recent resignation of the Minister of Defense to carry out a remodeling of his Government and announce new ministers of Economy, Culture and Health, as well as the new defense chief.
According to a note published on the website of the Presidency, Ambassador João Gomes Cravinho is the new Minister of Defense; the Health portfolio will be in charge of Marta Temido, specialist in hospital administration, and Culture in the hands of Graça Fonseca, until now Secretary of State.
The Deputy Minister, Pedro Siza Vieira, will add to his current position the Economy portfolio, from which the issues related to energy will no longer depend.
It will be the current Minister of the Environment, João Matos Fernandes, who will now manage those issues from the renamed Ministry of Environment and Energy Transition.
With this, the current ministers of Economy, Manuel Caldeira Cabral, leave the Government; of Health, Adalberto Campos Fernandes; and of Culture, Luís Filipe Castro Mendes, who had asked Costa for his departure, according to the note disclosed by the Presidency, in addition to the resignation of José Azeredo Lopes.
Azeredo Lopes resigned on Friday after several weeks very questioned as a result of the theft of weapons in a military tank Tancos, whose cover-up were arrested eight soldiers.
His replacement will be João Gomes Cravinho, who since 2015 was the ambassador of the European Union in Brazil and previously in India (2011-2015).
In the case of the Ministry of Health, Adalberto Campos Fernandes, who oversees a very strong portfolio in recent months due to conflicts in the sector, will be named Marta Temido, an expert in hospital management and deputy director of the Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Caldeira Cabral also leaves the government, whose portfolio will be assumed by Deputy Minister Siza Vieira.
Siza Vieira is Deputy Minister since 2017, when he entered the Government to take over from Eduardo Cabrita, who then went on to direct the Internal Administration Ministry after the resignation of his predecessor for the management of the fires that left more than a hundred of victims a year ago.
In the Ministry of Culture, Graça Fonseca will take over from Castro Mendes, who held the position since 2016.
Fonseca was the Assistant Secretary of State and of Administrative Modernization and she has stayed with Costa for a large part of her political past, in the Ministries of Justice and Internal Administration and the City Council of Lisbon.
The new ministers, who are ahead of the last year of the Executive's term, will take office this Monday at the Palace of Bethlehem.