Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

New Spanish government is dominated by women

New Spanish government is dominated by women

Mr Sánchez, who took power last week following a dramatic vote of no confidence in the government of Mariano Rajoy, was widely applauded for advancing equality with the appointments, which put female ministers in key portfolios such as the treasury and defence.

Women represented 64.7 per cent of the new cabinet, above the 62.5 per cent that the Finnish government scored in 2015, according to the statistics of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

With parliament fragmented, major policy shifts will be hard for Sanchez to push through, but quick wins on consensual, popular proposals could allow him to stay in office or potentially win a snap election if the government fails to last until the end of its scheduled term in 2020.

His minority government will rely on a confidence-and-supply agreement with smaller parties as the Socialist Party has only 84 out of 350 seats in parliament.

The new government is due to take an oath before King Felipe VI today.

Podemos is pushing for greater social spending a delicate issue given the European Union's demands on budgetary discipline.

He named two Catalans to cabinet posts, though his choice of vocal pro-unity former European Parliament president Josep Borrell as foreign minister angered secessionists.

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That budget includes pensions hikes and a salary increase for civil servants.

The new Spanish executive's pro-EU credentials sets it apart from certain other parts of Europe.

The claims from the woman later turned out to be false and De Gea and the other player were not called to give evidence at an investigation.

He has handled cases against Basque separatist group ETA.

Borrell fiercely opposes the independence movement in his home region of Catalonia.

He must stay firm on his party's support for Spanish unity, enshrined in the country's constitution, yet open lines of communication to fix relations with the region's re-appointed government, which remains fiercely pro-independence.

That role goes to Spain's first astronaut, Pedro Duque.

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