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Deputy Prime Minister of Spain

Deputy Prime Minister of Spain
Vicepresidente primero del Gobierno de España
Flag of Government Officials
Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría

since 22 December 2011
Style Señor (m) Señora (f)
Appointer Mariano Rajoy
Inaugural holder Agustín Muñoz Grandes
Formation 1962

The Deputy Prime Minister of Spain (Spanish: Vicepresidente primero del Gobierno de España, strictly First Vice President of the Government of Spain) is the second in command to the Prime Minister of Spain, filling in for when the Prime Minister is absent or incapable of exercising power. The person for the post is usually handpicked by the Prime Minister from the members of the Cabinet. The title of "First" is used to distinguish them from the Second Vice President of the Government, as in the last legislatures there have been usually two. The Headquarters of the First Vice Presidency of the Government of Spain is the Edificio Semillas, in La Moncloa Complex.

Currently Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría is the First Deputy Prime Minister, she assumed the post on the swearing-in of the Rajoy Government in December 2011.


  • Official title 1
  • List of Deputy Prime Ministers of Spain 2
  • See also 3
  • External links 4

Official title

Being a constitutional monarchy, the government of Spain is headed by a Prime minister but the official title in Spanish is Presidente del Gobierno, literally President of the Government. This can be confusing to foreigners and indeed is to many Spaniards, who sometimes translate the title into English as President. Therefore, the Spanish Vice President of the Government is actually the equivalent of a Deputy Prime Minister, not a Vice President.

List of Deputy Prime Ministers of Spain

      Union of the Democratic Centre (UCD)
      Socialist (PSOE)
      People's Party (PP)

# Picture Deputy Prime Minister Took office Left office Prime Minister Term Party
1 Agustín Muñoz Grandes 1962 1967 Francisco Franco Franco's dictatorship Military
2 Luis Carrero Blanco 1967 1973
3 Torcuato Fernández-Miranda 1973 1974 Falange
4 Jose Garcia Hernandez 1974 1975
5 Fernando de Santiago y Díaz 1975 1976 Carlos Arias Navarro Transitional Governments Military
6 Manuel Fraga Iribarne 1975 1976 Falange
7 Juan Miguel Villar Mir 1976 1976
8 Manuel Gutiérrez Mellado 1977 1979 Adolfo Suárez González Constituent Legislature Military
1979 1981 1st Legislature
9 Rodolfo Martín Villa 1981 1982 Leopoldo Calvo-Sotelo Bustelo UCD
10 Alfonso Guerra González 1982 1986 Felipe González Márquez 2nd Legislature PSOE
1986 1989 3rd Legislature
1989 1991 4th Legislature
11 Narcís Serra i Serra 1991 1993
1993 1996 5th Legislature
12 Francisco Álvarez Cascos 1996 2000 José María Aznar López 6th Legislature PP
13 Mariano Rajoy Brey 2000 2003 7th Legislature
14 Rodrigo Rato Figaredo 2003 2004
15 María Teresa Fernández de la Vega 2004 2008 José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero 8th Legislature PSOE
2008 2010 9th Legislature
16 Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba 2010 2011
17 Elena Salgado Méndez 2011 2011
18 Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría Antón 2011 Incumbent Mariano Rajoy Brey 10th Legislature PP

See also

External links

  • Official website
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