The President of the Government of Spain announces the appointment of the new Minister forTerritorial Policy and Public Function and the new Minister for Health

President's News - 2021.1.26

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They are both very familiar with the fields covered by their portfolios where they will begin their work on Wednesday and, backed by their experience and qualities, "will help the government in its task of tackling the challenges facing Spain", stressed Pedro Sánchez.

Carolina Darias has shared the management of the pandemic from her previous position as Minister for Territorial Policy and Public Function with the outgoing minister, which has also allowed her to get to know the regional health councillors and presidents.

Miquel Iceta is a well-known politician, "a man of ideas and consensus", according to the President of the Government. "Miquel stands for agreement and harmony", defined Pedro Sánchez.

The President of the Government declared that with this new composition, the Government of Spain will continue to deal with the health, economic and social emergency caused by COVID-19 as its top priority, and will continue to address the transformations that Spain needs: the ecological and digital transition, equality without gender gaps, and the social and territorial cohesion of our country. Equal opportunities for everyone and with particular attention on "empty Spain".

Acknowledgement for the outgoing Minister for Health

These changes take place as a result of the necessary readjustment following the resignation of Salvador Illa as Minister for Health, who will stand in the elections in Catalonia on 14 February as the candidate for the PSC.

Pedro Sánchez bade farewell to Salvador Illa, who has headed up the Ministry of Health since 13 January 2020, and praised him as an extraordinary minister and an honest man who has avoided political confrontation.

"If I had to pinpoint one quality in his time at the ministerial department, it would be one simple word that says a lot about him and how he views others: respect", said the President of the Government.

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