The president of the Government, Pedro Sanchez, has chaired this Tuesday at the Palacio de la Moncloa the family photo of its new Executive after the incorporation of Ione Grass and the change of portfolio of Nadia Calviño and Yolanda Díaz, second and third vice presidents, respectively.
Later, Sánchez has presided over the first Minister council without the leader of Podemos and former second vice president, Pablo Iglesias, who attended his last meeting last Tuesday to dedicate himself to his candidacy for the Presidency of the Community of Madrid.
For the first time the new Minister of Social Rights and the 2030 Agenda, Ione Belarra, has sat in the Council of Ministers, in which the head of the Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation portfolio, Nadia Calviño, has been inaugurated as second vice president, and Yolanda Díaz has taken her place as third vice president as well as Minister of Labor and Social Economy.
With this change, Díaz also assumes the leadership of United We Can within the coalition Government, which begins a new stage with the departure of Iglesias.
Before entering the Council of Ministers building, Calviño, Díaz and Belarra, in this order, have walked a few meters to the door and they have posed with a mask for graphic informants showing their respective portfolios.
They have accessed the interior and shortly after they have returned together with Sánchez and the rest of the members of the Government for the traditional family photo of each new Executive.
The last time this photograph was taken was on February 2 after the incorporation of Miquel Iceta at the head of Territorial Policy and Public Function, and the change of portfolio of Carolina Darias, who relieved Salvador Illa in Health.
The president and his 22 ministers, among whom there are now more women than men, have been divided into four ranks on the exterior steps, with masks and more distanced than usual to comply with health protocols due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Sánchez has been placed in the first row accompanied by his four vice-presidents (Carmen Calvo, Nadia Calviño, Yolanda Díaz and Teresa Ribera) while Belarra has been placed on the side in the third row.
Then all of them have accessed the interior to start the first meeting of the new Council of Ministers, the third of the legislature.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.