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Rajoy Cabinet

Rajoy cabinet

10th Cabinet of Spain
Date formed 21 December 2011
People and organizations
Head of government Mariano Rajoy
Head of state Juan Carlos I (2011–2014)
Felipe VI (2014–)
Number of ministers 14
Ministers removed
(Death/resignation/dismissal)
3
Member party People's Party
Status in legislature Single-party majority government
Opposition party Spanish Socialist Workers' Party
Opposition leader Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba (2011–2014)
Pedro Sánchez (2014–)
History
Outgoing election 2011 election
Legislature term(s) 13 December 2011 – Ongoing (X)
Incoming formation Rajoy Cabinet formation, 2011
Previous Zapatero II

The Rajoy Cabinet, the incumbent government of Spain, is the cabinet of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, was sworn in on 21 December 2011. Since its formation, no minister has been replaced except for Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment Miguel Arias Cañete, as a result of him standing as his party's candidate to the European Parliament election of 2014. This is the first time in the recent history of Spain that a sitting government has endured so much time without virtually any change; it is usually common for a Prime Minister in Spain to reshuffle his cabinet at least a few times throughout his term.

With 16 portfolios being held by 14 ministers, it is also one of the smallest government cabinets in Spain to date.

Formation

As a result of the Spanish economic and financial crisis, PM Zapatero announced that a snap election would be held in 2011's autumn so that a new government can take charge of the economy in 2012, fresh from the balloting. Mariano Rajoy's People's Party, in opposition since 2004, went on to win the largest electoral victory of the centre-right in Spain in history, due in great part to a collapse in the vote of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party as a result of Zapatero's government poor management of the economic crisis.

Rajoy was sworn in as Prime Minister on 21 December 2011 after he obtained the confidence vote in the Congress of Deputies, his party having an absolute majority of seats (185 out of 350).

Investiture voting

20 December 2011
Investiture voting for Mariano Rajoy Brey (PP)

Absolute majority: 176/350
Vote Parties Votes
YesY Yes PP (185), UPN (1), FAC (1)
187 / 350
No PSOE (110), CiU (16), IU (11), UPyD (5), ERC (3), BNG (2), Compromís (1), GBai (1)
149 / 350
Abstentions Amaiur (7), PNV (5), CC-NC (2)
14 / 350
Source: Historia Electoral

Composition

December 2011 – present

Rajoy Cabinet 2011–
Portfolio Minister Took office Left office Party
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy MP 21 Dec 2011 Incumbent PP
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister of the Presidency
Spokesperson of the Government
Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría MP 22 Dec 2011 Incumbent PP
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation José Manuel García-Margallo 22 Dec 2011 Incumbent PP
Minister of Justice Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón MP 22 Dec 2011 23 Sep 2014 PP
Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría MP (interim) 23 Sep 2014 29 Sep 2014 PP
Rafael Catalá 29 Sep 2014 Incumbent PP
Minister of Defence Pedro Morenés 22 Dec 2011 Incumbent Ind.
Minister of Finance and Public Administrations Cristóbal Montoro MP 22 Dec 2011 Incumbent PP
Minister of the Interior Jorge Fernández Díaz MP 22 Dec 2011 Incumbent PP
Minister of Development Ana Pastor Julián MP 22 Dec 2011 Incumbent PP
Minister of Education, Culture and Sport José Ignacio Wert 22 Dec 2011 Incumbent Ind.
Minister of Employment and Social Security Fátima Báñez MP 22 Dec 2011 Incumbent PP
Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism José Manuel Soria MP 22 Dec 2011 Incumbent PP
Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment Miguel Arias Cañete MP 22 Dec 2011 28 Apr 2014 PP
Isabel García Tejerina 28 Apr 2014 Incumbent PP
Minister of Economy and Competitiveness Luis de Guindos 22 Dec 2011 Incumbent PP
Minister of Health, Social Services and Equality Ana Mato MP 22 Dec 2011 26 Nov 2014 PP
Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría MP (interim) 26 Nov 2014 3 Dec 2014 PP
Alfonso Alonso MP 3 Dec 2014 Incumbent PP

Changes

  • On 28 April 2014, Miguel Arias Cañete resigned as Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment, in order to become the head candidate for his party to the 2014 European Parliament election. He was succeeded by Isabel García Tejerina.
  • On 23 September 2014, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón resigned as Minister of Justice, after being discredited as a result of the Cabinet's withdrawal of a bill to reform the abortion law.[1] As both PM Mariano Rajoy and King Felipe VI were abroad on official trips to China and the United States, respectively, when Ruiz-Gallardón resigned, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría replaced him as interim Justice Minister until his successor, Rafael Catalá Polo, could take office. Rafael Catalá took office on 29 September 2014.[2]
  • On 26 November 2014, Ana Mato resigned as Minister of Health, Social Services and Equality due to her involvement in the Gürtel case, after she was summoned to court as a "participant on a lucrative basis" in the corruption crimes allegedly committed by her ex-husband Jesús Sepúlveda.[3] As both PM Mariano Rajoy and King Felipe VI had scheduled official trips abroad to France and Germany, respectively, in the days following Mato's resignation, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría replaced her as interim Minister of Health, Social Services and Equality until her successor, Alfonso Alonso, could take office on 3 December 2014.[4][5]

References

  1. ^ "Gallardón resigns and leaves politics" (in Spanish). El Mundo. 2014-09-23. 
  2. ^ "Rafael Catalá jura su cargo como ministro de Justicia" (in Spanish). 20 Minutos. 2014-09-29. 
  3. ^ licación en el ‘caso Gürtel’ por el juez Ruz"MP"Dimite Ana Mato tras su i (in Spanish). El País. 2014-11-26. 
  4. ^ "Ignacio Echániz, Pilar Farjas o Susana Camamero, posibles sucesores de Ana Mato" (in Spanish). ABC. 2014-11-26. 
  5. ^ "Alfonso Alonso, nuevo ministro de Sanidad" (in Spanish). El País. 2014-12-02. 
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