Update Post: November 28, 2023 9:40 am
The day that the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, will give the list of his new ministers, some names have begun to become known. The until now Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero, would gain weight in the new executive and joins the vice presidents as the fourth, as confirmed by the Ser network. The one who will be new to the executive will be Ángel Víctor Torres, who arrives as Minister of Finance. Territorial Policy and Democratic Memory. Torres, who was president of the Canary Islands between 2019 and 2023, was currently serving as leader of the opposition in the regional parliament after the 28-M elections.
Angel Victor Torres
Sánchez is fine-tuning the composition of his new Executive after a weekend of contacts in which he has asked his interlocutors for maximum discretion until the composition of his new Cabinet is made public this Monday. The forecast is that Sánchez will appear at the Moncloa Palace to communicate the list of those responsible for each of the portfolios and that after the publication of their appointments in the Official State Gazette on Tuesday morning, that same day they will promise their charges before the king in the Zarzuela Palace and then the first meeting of the new Council of Ministers is held.
As La Información has been able to confirm from sources close to the Government, María Jesús Montero, one of the heavyweights of the party and the circle closest to Sánchez, remains as Minister of Finance and Public Function, and will also serve as fourth vice president. The ‘number two’ of the PSOE has had a key role in the negotiations of the investiture agreements with the nationalists. These pacts, which incorporate important issues from a fiscal point of view, will be the basis on which two of the most important reforms of the new legislature are based: tax reforms and regional financing reforms.
According to El País, the former mayor of Barcelona, Jordi Hereu, will assume the Industry portfolio, replacing Héctor Gómez, who held the same position since the last restructuring of the coalition government that took place in March 2023 and by that Reyes Maroto left the portfolio to run as a candidate for the Madrid City Council in view of the regional and municipal elections in May. This departure was not without controversy, since in the period from when he announced his departure from the Executive until it took place, he dismissed three senior officials while creating three other new positions with the rank of undersecretaries destined to manage the Next Generation funds. . .
The current president of Renfe, Raül Blanco, was the first to ‘abandon’ the ship in December 2022 when he was replaced as head of the General Secretariat of Industry and Small and Medium Enterprises by Francisco Antonio Blanco Ángel. The next was the general director of the same portfolio, Galo Gutiérrez Monzonís, who was dismissed at the beginning of February and replaced by María José Muñoz Martínez. And the third was that of the minister’s chief of staff, Ignacio García Díaz Bidart, which occurred in the month of March and who was appointed director of the School of Industrial Organization that depends on the Ministry. In December 2022, the Secretary of State for Tourism, Fernando Valdés, also resigned, but this was at his own request for personal reasons.