The Government of Pedro Sánchez took office this Tuesday before the head of state with the task of maintaining economic growth and managing the growing political and social division addressed by the future amnesty law for those involved in the ‘procés’
After four months of interim government, Spain has a new coalition government headed by the socialist Pedro Sánchez. The 22 members of the new cabinet, with a majority of women, promised their position this Tuesday in the Zarzuela Palace before the head of State, King Felipe VI.
The vice presidents Nadia Calviño of Economy, the leader of Sumar Yolanda Díaz in Labor and the head of the Environment Teresa Ribera renew their commitments. For María Jesús Montero, Minister of Finance, it also means assuming the responsibility of a fourth vice presidency.
José Manuel Albares in Foreign Affairs, Margarita Robles in Defense and others maintain their portfolios. Félix Bolaños, until now Minister of the Presidency, also assumes the Justice portfolio.
Vice President Yolanda Diaz’s leftist coalition wins four more ministries; Culture, Health, Social Rights and the new Youth and Children portfolio.
On behalf of the PSOE, new faces are incorporated such as Ángel Víctor Torres in Territorial Policy, Jordi Hereu in Industry, Óscar Puente in Transport, Elma Saiz in Social Security and Ana Redondo in Equality.
Among the priorities of the new Council of Ministers, which will meet this Wednesday for the first time, is the challenge of maintaining economic growth in the face of forecasts of slowdown in the Euro zone.
A cabinet of political weight
President Sánchez surrounds himself with his hard core and chooses a cabinet with a marked political character to face a legislature that is expected to be extremely complicated and that will largely revolve around the territorial fit of Spain. The approval of the future amnesty law for the leaders of the ‘procés’ will require a lot of political support from the Executive to confront a notable political and social division.
The amnesty law proposal, already registered in Congress, annuls the “criminal, administrative and accounting responsibility” of people linked to the sovereignty process in Catalonia for a decade, from January 1, 2012 to November 13, 2023 .
It also includes a direct reference to former president Carles Puigdemont when pointing out that “the search and arrest warrants and imprisonment orders will be void” as well as “the national, European and international arrest warrants,” which also affect three other escaped leaders. .
Sánchez’s amnesty plans have sparked criticism from some prosecutors and members of the judiciary for their possible interference in the separation of rights and have sparked a wave of protests in the streets.
Last Saturday, a massive rally in the Plaza de Cibeles called by civil organizations brought together 170,000 people according to the Government Delegation and up to a million according to the organizers.
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