The change of government after the departure of Pablo Iglesias is now official. Pedro Sánchez has communicated to the king the remodeling of the Executive after the decision of the second vice president to run as a candidate of United We Can to the Madrid elections on May 4: “His decision leads us to make the pertinent modifications in the Executive keeping intact our agreement to Progressive Coalition Government “. As planned and agreed, the president has announced that Yolanda Díaz is the new third vice president, as well as Minister of Labor and Economy; Nadia Calviño becomes second vice president -a tweak in the initial organization chart assumed by the minority partner since the PSOE argued that the person in charge of the economic area could not be below the head of Employment-, and Ione Belarra will be the new minister of Social Rights and Agenda 2030. The three will promise their new positions before the Head of State this Wednesday at 9 am.
Enrique Santiago will be the new Secretary of State for the 2030 Agenda
Sánchez has reported the changes in an appearance without questions in Moncloa in which he has taken the opportunity to say goodbye to Iglesias, whom he has thanked for the work in the fourteen months that he has been part of the Government and has highlighted the “gigantic challenge” they have had to face for the management of the pandemic, which the president has recalled is “the worst crisis for humanity” in the last century. “From the different views that our parties and proposals represent in the coalition government, unity and responsibility have always prevailed,” said Sánchez, who has ensured that the coalition will continue to work with “humility, discretion and determination.” Sánchez has made a reference to “discretion” which is what he has claimed from the minority partner on some occasions given the tendency of United We Can to air the discrepancies as a formula of pressure on the socialists.
The president has also boasted of having the first government with four vice-presidents, which he has described as a “source of pride.” “It is among the most egalitarian in the world,” said Sánchez, who referred to parity – “today we have more women” – but has also highlighted the feminist agenda. “They have my absolute confidence and gratitude for assuming their new responsibilities,” he said about Carmen Calvo, Nadia Calviño, Yolanda Díaz and Teresa Ribera with whom he had a first “informal meeting” this Tuesday afternoon after the Council meeting of Ministers. Sánchez has defined the four vice presidents as “capable, competent, exemplary and faultless” women and has highlighted their “decisive” and “constructive” attitude.
He has also taken the opportunity to ensure that the coalition is stable, despite the reshuffle, and has marked 2023 as the end of the legislature. The president has been convinced that this year “will be the year is the year of vaccination and recovery.” “With this objective, we will continue our work,” said the socialist leader, who reiterated that the necessary transformations will be launched to create jobs and create a society “more sustainable, cohesive, more digital and more feminist.”