Spain's Rajoy refreshes cabinet for new era of minority government

Reuters , Thursday 3 Nov 2016

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy refreshed his cabinet for a new era of minority government on Thursday, bringing in six new faces and handing an expanded role to Economy Minister Luis de Guindos, who has a key budget-coordinating role with Brussels.

The new, younger 13-member cabinet includes five women and gives a new role to Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, who will take charge of relations with

Spain's autonomous regions at a time when the wealthy northeastern Catalonia region plans an independence referendum.

The Conservative Rajoy won a parliamentary confidence vote on Saturday, taking power after two indecisive elections that led to 10 months of political paralysis. 

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