MADRID: Seven new Spanish cabinet members were sworn in following a major reshuffle by Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on July 10. The swearing-in took place here on Monday after Sanchez announced the reshuffle with several key positions changing hands.
Sánchez said that the new government will focus on Spain’s economic recovery and holding up his new team as a global example of gender equality. The new appointments also “represent a generational renewal, with an average age of 50.”
First Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo was sacked, along with several ministers including the minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, minister of justice, and minister of education, and vocational training. Nadia Calvino, minister for economic affairs and digital transformation, was promoted to first deputy Prime minister. The changes lowered the average age of the cabinet from 55 to 50 years old and further increased the number of women in the cabinet.
Another leading figure who is departing is Carmen Calvo, the first deputy prime minister and minister in charge of prime ministerial affairs, who will be replaced by current Economy Minister Nadia Calviño in the first role and by Félix Bolaños in the second. There are now 14 women and eight men in ministerial positions, bringing female representation to 63.6%. Three of the new ministers have been serving as mayors until now and bring experience “in municipal action,” said Sánchez