MADRID: The new members of Spain’s coalition government were sworn in to their new posts in front of King Felipe VI on Wednesday after a cabinet reshuffle that gave Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez four female deputies.
The changes came after Pablo Iglesias, the leader of Sanchez’s coalition partner Unidas Podemos, stepped down as Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Social Rights and Agenda 2030 to stand as his party’s candidate in the regional elections for the Community of Madrid in May.
The reshuffle saw the Minister for Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, Nadia Calvino, replace Iglesias as Second Deputy Prime Minister, the position that is one step below Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo.
Yolanda Diaz, the Minister for Labor and Social Economy, became Third Deputy Prime Minister. Ione Belarra left her role as Secretary of State for the Agenda 2030 to take over Iglesias’ position as Minister.
Meanwhile, Teresa Ribera continued as Fourth Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge.
Speaking on Tuesday, Sanchez highlighted that the changes mean that all four Deputy Prime Ministers in his government are now women. “It is a motive for pride for women and also for men … Regardless of your political preferences, all Spaniards can feel proud that our country is once again an international reference for rights and freedoms,” he said.