Sanchez sworn in as he begins task of forming new Government

Written by on January 7, 2020

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has been sworn into office after the congress of deputies confirmed his reappointment as prime minister.

The formal appointment came a day after the parliament ratified their decision by a razor-thin margin, ending almost a year of political limbo for the eurozone’s fourth-largest economy.

The approval brings together the first coalition Government since the country’s return to democracy in 1975.

King Felipe VI will today sign the royal decree formalising the new executive, after holding a meeting with Sanchez this morning.

Sanchez’s cabinet formation will then begin, with positions being appointed over the coming days. The formal announcement is expected next week, when the PSOE leader will be joined by Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias at his official residence, the Moncloa.

Up to five members of Podemos will sit on Sanchez’s cabinet. Early indications suggest Pablo Iglesias as a deputy prime minister, Irene Montero will be Equality Minister, and additional positions will be appointed to Alberto Garzón, Yolanda Díaz and Manuel Castells.

The first cabinet meeting is expected to take place nine days from today.

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