Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez became Spain's new prime minister last Friday, following a no-confidence motion against ousted conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.
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"All are highly qualified and bring a vocation for public service and reflect the best of Spain," Sanchez said in a press conference, adding that the government is "pro-gender equality, cross-generational, open to the world but anchored in the European Union."
In consonance with the gender equality agenda, claimed by Sanchez, women constitute a majority in the new government, holding important offices. Socialist Carmen Calvo became deputy prime minister, Nadia Calvino, Director-General for the EU Budget at the European Commission was appointment economy minister, while the state prosecutor Dolores Delgado was assigned to the post of justice minister. In total, the new government includes 11 female ministers and five men.
Last week Spanish Parliament voted to oust cnservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy after several officials of his Spain's People's Party were convicted for of embezzlement and tax evasion, making it the first no-confidence motion in the country since 1977.