Irene Lozano will be the new director of Casa Árabe, an entity dependent on the Administration that functions as a “strategic center in Spain’s relations with the Arab world”. The appointment of the former UPyD leader will have to be ratified this Friday by the Governing Council in which the Foreign Ministry participates, which is the one that formally makes the proposal, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the Community and the Madrid City Council, the Andalusian Government and the Córdoba City Council.
Irene Lozano resigns her act as deputy of the PSOE in the Madrid Assembly
Lozano has left the Madrid Assembly barely four months after promising her act as a deputy. He joined the PSOE lists as number five for Ángel Gabilondo. After the 4-M debacle, the socialist ranks took it for granted that he would not remain in the regional parliament and that he was seeking a destiny linked to international politics after having presided over the Superior Sports Center (CSD) since the formation of the coalition government.
Lozano’s political career is closely linked to Sánchez since 2015, when he signed her for the generals, causing great discomfort in the PSOE. In the electoral repetition, he gave up repeating the candidacy and returned to the private world. When Sánchez was dismounted from the leadership, trusted Lozano -journalist by profession and whom he defines as his “friend” – to write his book ‘Manual de Resistencia’, whose last chapter finished already in Moncloa.
When he took over the presidency thanks to the motion of censure against Mariano Rajoy, Sánchez placed Lozano in the Secretary of State of Spain Global – the old Marca España – with the order that he counterpose the account of the Catalan independentists abroad. That previous experience is one of the arguments used by sources familiar with the decision for his appointment to the head of Casa Árabe, who assure that Lozano’s is a “very suitable profile” due to his “extensive experience in public diplomacy” as well as the ” key cultural trajectory “of the former deputy, who will aim to turn Casa Árabe into a” meeting point “.
“He knows the ministry and the diplomatic corps,” say these sources, who also value the relationship with the Red de Casas. In addition to Casa Árabe, the Administration has Casa África, Casa Asia, Casa Mediterráneo, the Sefarad-Israel center and Casa de América. Precisely in the latter, Moncloa ran into the rejection of the governments of Isabel Díaz Ayuso and José Luis Martínez Almeida to the appointment of the also former socialist deputy Borja Cabezón. When José Manuel Albares arrived at the Foreign Ministry, he agreed with the president and the mayor on the appointment of Enrique Ojeda Vila. Government sources rule out that this time there will be a veto to Lozano.