Sánchez rearms with a Government designed to put out fires and relaunch the PSOE

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Pedro Sánchez announced this Monday the composition of his new Government, which will meet this Tuesday in its first Council of Ministers.

Pedro Sánchez inaugurates his third term in the midst of a very tense atmosphere. The political, social and judicial situation It forces the socialist leader to rearm to put out the fires that have already started and those to come, which will come. The storm unleashed by the political agreements with the independentists to overcome the investiture screen, with amnesty as a spearheadhas been just an appetizer before a turbulent period and a legislature that seems complex.

More PSOE and fewer technical or independent profiles. Sánchez has used the party to put together his cabinet, in which 13 ministers will continue and only nine will take office for the first time. Gone are the grandiose announcements by ministers. The socialist general secretary has left little room for surprises, betting on continuity and consolidating his hard core.

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Maria Jesus Montero and Felix Bolaños, great architects of the majority of the investiture and with vast experience in reaching agreements, have seen their weight increase in the Executive. The first has added the portfolio of the Fourth Vice Presidency, and the second has incorporated Justice. Pilar Alegría He has taken another step in his ascending career that began in Ferraz as spokesperson for the Socialist Executive until he became the face and voice of the Executive itself.

Ministers Félix Bolaños and María Jesús Montero congratulate each other at Sánchez's investiture. (Juan Carlos Hidalgo/EFE)
Ministers Félix Bolaños and María Jesús Montero congratulate each other at Sánchez's investiture. (Juan Carlos Hidalgo/EFE)

Despite not having positions in the party (but being included in the lists), the marriage of Margaret Robles and Fernando Grande-Marlaska with the PSOE she surpasses the Wooden Wedding (five years) by repeating as Minister of Defense and of the Interior, respectively. Nadia Calvino and José Luis Escrivá They continue to have the trust of Sánchez, whose initial technical profile has taken a turn in the last five years given his involvement in the last two electoral campaigns.

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On the other hand, Teresa Ribera, Diana Morant, José Manuel Albares, Luis Planas and Isabel Rodríguez They continue to share a chair in the Council of Ministers, whose members promise their position this Tuesday in Zarzuela. Although the latter is no longer a spokesperson for the Government, she replaces her Territorial Policy portfolio with Housing, one of the main pillars that the new Executive aspires to consolidate in the face of the high price of apartments and rent.

In terms of new faces, the jump to the Moncloa de Oscar Puente He has already put the PP on guard for being the socialist scourge in the failed investiture of Alberto Núñez Feijóo. The appointment of Elma Saiz As Minister of Social Security, she breaks the tradition of appointing technical profiles to this important portfolio. Likewise, the PSOE recovers the Ministry of Equality with an unknown woman Ana Redondo in front. In his case, his low profile seeks to reverse the high political and media focus placed on this portfolio due to the presence of Irene Montero. The former Canarian president Angel Victor Torresas Minister of Territorial Policy and Democratic Memory, and the former mayor of Barcelona, Jordi Hereuas head of Industry and Tourism, complete the list of socialist ministers.

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Sánchez is betting on the continuity of up to 13 ministers and, added to the new faces, the role of the PSOE in the Government is reinforced after its loss of territorial power after 28-M. Sánchez is aware of the situation, which is why he highlighted the “high political profile for a legislature with a high political profile” in his institutional statement to report on the configuration of the new Executive.

And, beyond the opposition to the amnesty by land, sea and air, which promises to be extended over time, to achieve the stability of the legislature, the Government must materialize the agreements reached with ERC, Junts, and PNV through of Budgets. Many of these compromised issues, such as debt forgiveness, the transfer of Social Security to the Basque Country or the pending reform of regional financing, will undoubtedly arouse suspicion among the communities, the majorities governed by the PP.

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The president thus puts together a team made up of “people capable of managing, but also of reaching agreements and explaining them publicly,” as he reported from the Moncloa. With this commitment, Sánchez will try to implement one of the main lessons that he extracted from his previous mandate, in which the internal noise took precedence over management diffusion.

Sánchez will prioritize "dialogue and negotiation in a legislature that will be key to the social and territorial cohesion of Spain", and in which the majorities must be woven law by law, decree by decree. The plurinational character unites all the formations that make up the majority of the investiture, whose stability will be the stability of the legislature that starts to walk.

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