Tuesday, May 24

The new ministers promise “loyalty to the King” and “keep the Constitution”




The nine new ministers of the Government of Pedro Sánchez they have sworn in the morning of this Monday their positions before King Felipe in the Palace of La Zarzuela. The six women and three men, along with the three vice-presidents who are new in rank, have pledged “loyalty to the King and to keep and keep the Constitution”, two days after the Prime Minister undertook a reshuffle in his Council of Ministers, which it has only affected the socialist wing of the Cabinet.

The ministers have dispensed with religious symbols, the Bible and the Cross for the act. They have promised before a copy of the Constitution, which is mandatory. For this solemn act, a facsimile of the original published by the Cortes Generales in 1980 is used. The Constitution was opened by Article 100, according to which “the other members of the Government shall be appointed and separated by the King at the proposal of its President.” .

The formula of oath or promise is established by Royal Decree 707/1979 of April 5 and is the following: «I swear or promise on my conscience and honor to faithfully fulfill the obligations of the position … with loyalty to the King, and to keep and keep the Constitution as a fundamental norm of the State, as well as to maintain the secrecy of the deliberations of the Council of Ministers ”.

The Minister of Justice first

The first who has promised her position has been the Minister of Justice, Pilar Llop, to be able to act as Notary Major of the Kingdom and vouch for the promises of their peers. The three vice-presidents have followed –Nadia Calviño, Yolanda Díaz and Teresa Ribera– Although they already were and maintain the same powers, after the departure of Carmen Calvo they have a new rank in this remodeling of the Government.

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The seven new ministers, along with the two who assume new portfolios, have followed the usual formula when swearing or promising their positions, although some have changed the text to add “Council of ministers and ministers” or directly “Council of Ministers ».

As head of the oldest department, the first to promise the position has been José Manuel Albares, who assumes the functions of Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation. They have been followed by María Jesús Montero, Minister of Finance and Public Function; Raquel Sánchez, as Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda; Pilar Alegría, who will be the new Minister of Education and Vocational Training; Félix Bolaños, as the Ministry of the Presidency; Isabel Rodríguez, as spokesman minister and head of Territorial Policy; Miquel Iceta, as Minister of Culture and Sports, and Diana Morant, Ministry of Science and Innovation.

At the end of the ceremony, the new members of the Government gathered around Don Felipe to greet him.

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