BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific Russian Polish Albanian Greek Czech Ukrainian Serbian Turkish Romanian
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
 You are in: Europe  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
LANGUAGES
EDITIONS
Wednesday, 10 July, 2002, 12:42 GMT 13:42 UK
Fresh faces after Aznar shake-up
Josep Pique is sworn in as Science and Technology minister
There had been speculation about Pique's departure
Five new ministers have been sworn into the Spanish Government after Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar carried out his biggest cabinet reshuffle since taking office.

Jose Maria Aznar
Aznar: No explanation for the changes so far
Foreign Minister Josep Pique was demoted to head the Science and Technology Ministry, being replaced by Ana Palacio, a member of the European Parliament.

There has long been speculation on his departure from one of the busiest ministries as he is expected to lead the right-wing Popular Party in crucial local elections in his native Catalonia.

Correspondents say however that the scale of the reshuffle indicates that Mr Aznar is preparing the government for legislative elections in 2004, and has brought in the party faithful.

Embarrassing strike

The former Justice Minister, Angel Acebes, was given the Interior Ministry portfolio.

He replaced Marino Rajoy, who retained his brief as deputy prime minister while becoming government spokesman and chief of staff.

Labour Minister Juan Carlos Aparicio was replaced by Eduardo Zaplana, a senior official in Mr Aznar's People's Party.

Mr Aparicio played a key role in drawing up labour reforms to restrict unemployment benefits - a move which brought thousands of people onto the street in a protest strike.

It was the first general strike since Mr Aznar came to power in 1996, and is widely seen to have seriously embarrassed the government.

In all, six ministers were removed from the cabinet, and five new names were brought in.

Three others switched portfolios.

There has been no official explanation for the changes.

See also:

19 Jun 02 | Europe
13 Mar 00 | Europe
13 Mar 00 | Europe
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Europe stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Europe stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes