The new heads of Industry, Héctor Gómez, and of Health, José Manuel Miñones, have taken possession of their portfolios in the La Zarzuela palace on Tuesday.
In the act, Gómez and Miñones have promised their position before the King, with the presence of the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, and the Minister of Justice, Pilar Llop, also a major notary of the Kingdom.
The new Minister of Health has dedicated his first words in office to defending public health and has promised to continue the work of his predecessor with a call for dialogue in the autonomous communities.
The head of Industry has ensured that he faces the challenge with "humility" and the ability to sacrifice to achieve the objectives.
After promising the position, the act of exchanging portfolios between José Manuel Miñones and the outgoing minister, Carolina Darias, took place at the headquarters of the Ministry of Health.
A large representation of the Government attended the event, among them the First Vice President Nadia Calviño;
the second vice president, Yolanda Díaz;
the Minister of Justice, Pilar Llop;
the Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero;
the Minister of Education Pilar Alegría;
the Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños;
the Minister of Territorial Policy, Isabel Rodríguez;
and the Minister of Science, Diana Morant.
The new Minister of Health has dedicated his first words to the public health system.
"My first words are recognition, support and support for public health, one of the greatest achievements that we have achieved as a country, which makes us great as a nation," said Miñones.
The new minister has defended “municipalism”, something that he compares with Darias.
“It is one of the pillars of politics.
Being close to people to help people.
It is something that I have always had in mind, first as mayor of Ames and then as a government delegate.
Municipalism will continue to be present in this new stage ”, he assured.
Miñones has also addressed the autonomous communities, which he has urged to act together to "continue protecting and advancing the right to health."
Reyes Maroto transfers his portfolio to the new Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Héctor Gómez, this Tuesday at the Ministry's headquarters.
FERNANDO VILLAR (EFE)
The new Minister of Industry has also received the portfolio of his predecessor.
The same members of the Executive as the Health Department have attended the act of Héctor Gómez and Reyes Montoro, except for Yolanda Díaz.
In addition, the Minister of Agriculture, Luis Planas, has joined.
The new Minister of Industry has thanked the President of the Government for his "trust", has recognized the "extraordinary" work of Reyes Maroto in these five years, with an "outstanding" result, and finally, has assured that he is facing the challenge with " humility” and with an “infinite” will and capacity for “sacrifice” to achieve all the objectives that are set.
Starting at 11:30 a.m., Gómez and Miñones attend their first meeting of the Council of Ministers, at the La Moncloa palace.
The new Minister of Health, Consumption and Well-being, José Manuel Miñones, swears or promises his position before King Felipe in a ceremony held this Tuesday at the Palacio de La Zarzuela.Chema Moya (EFE)
Héctor Gómez, the new head of Health, is the best-known figure of the two new additions to the Executive for having been, although for a period of less than a year, the spokesman for the socialist group in Congress until his replacement by Patxi López in July 2022. Before serving as spokesperson, the 45-year-old politician from Tenerife was director of Turespaña, the body in charge of promoting Spain abroad as a destination, between 2018 and 2019.
Less known at the national level is the new Minister of Health, José Manuel Miñones, 50, who until now was a government delegate in Galicia.
Graduated in Pharmacy, he taught physical chemistry in his birthplace, Santiago de Compostela, writes novels and was mayor of the Coruña municipality of Ames (32,000 inhabitants).
Miñones was in favor of Pedro Sánchez since the time when the Prime Minister aspired to lead the party in Spain.
The ministers resign due to their candidacies for the Madrid and Las Palmas City Councils in the upcoming municipal elections on May 28.
The candidacy of Reyes Maroto (Medina del Campo, Valladolid, 49 years old) for the Madrid City Council was announced on November 14, after confirming it by socialist sources to EL PAÍS.
Maroto has been closely linked to the Madrid socialist federation for almost a decade and his name was handled as the most probable since days before it was known that he would head the municipal lists for the capital of Spain.
His appointment responds to the intention of Ferraz and La Moncloa to present "a serious project committed to the city for the next 10 years," according to PSOE sources.
Madrid has not had a socialist mayor since 1989.
The new Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Héctor Gómez, swears or promises his position before King Felipe.Chema Moya (EFE)
Days after Maroto's candidacy became known, it was announced that Carolina Darias (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 57 years old) would be the PSOE candidate for mayor of her hometown, where she began her political career, as councilor, in 1999. The current Councilor of the city of Gran Canaria, Augusto Hidalgo, has been in office since 2015 and in the May 28 elections, in which the composition of the insulting councils is also settled, he will choose to preside over the one in Gran Canaria.
Darias already held the Territorial Policy portfolio, until Pedro Sánchez gave her the Health portfolio after the departure of her predecessor in Health, Salvador Illa, who contested the Catalan elections in February 2021 as a candidate for the PSC.