The President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, confirmed today Thursday that the leader of Unidas Podemos (United We Can), Pablo Iglesias, will be one of its four vice presidents.
Madrid.- According to the President's Office in Moncloa, Iglesias will be in charge of the "Social Rights Vice Presidency" and Sánchez will finish detailing the composition of his Cabinet in the coming days.
Sánchez's First Vice Presidency will again be Carmen Calvo, of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE), who will directly attend to the management of the crisis in the autonomous region of Catalonia, one of the greatest challenges that the new Executive will face.
The Vice Presidency of Economy will be in the hands of Nadia Calviño, who until now was in charge of the same ministry; while the new Vice Presidency on the Ecological Transition will be held by Teresa Ribera, until now minister of that portfolio.
According to Moncloa, Ribera will have to assume the Demographic Challenge, the country plan aimed at revitalizing large unpopulated areas in the interior of Spain, where hundreds of villages are on the verge of disappearing.
The Office of the President stressed that "for the first time in our history, Spain will have three women Vice Presidents of the Government," in a demonstration of the commitment to gender parity in senior positions. However, it was not announced who will take over the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which was occupied until last November by Josep Borrell, the current head of European Union diplomacy.
Sánchez's office confirmed that the Unidas Podemos electoral coalition will contribute four ministers to the Executive, including the Minister of Equality Irene Montero, co-founder and leader of Podemos.
The other three will be lawyer Yolanda Díaz, who will be in charge of the Labor portfolio; sociologist Manuel Castells, who will be in charge of Universities; and Alberto Garzón, leader of the small Izquierda Unida party and ally of Iglesias, who will be Minister of Consumer Affairs. (PL)