Madrid: Spain’s new cabinet has included the highest number of female ministers in the country’s history, with 11 women being sworn into Pedro Sanchez’s new cabinet.
The Socialist-led government was sworn in by King Felipe VI on Thursday, marking one of the quickest power transitions in Spain.
The cabinet also includes six men. One of them is Pedro Duque, who is a former astronaut. He was appointed science minister.
Most of the new ministers mentioned the female majority in their oath-taking on Thursday. Women are now holding some of the most important jobs in Spain like overseeing finance, the economy, defence and education.
Mr Sánchez’s minority government came to power after a court ruling over a kickbacks-for-contracts scheme involving the conservative Popular Party prompted a “no confidence” vote against Mariano Rajoy, who had been prime minister since 2011.
Mr Sánchez has described his government as feminist, progressive, pro-European and “a loyal reflection of the best in the society that it aspires to serve.”