Gonzalez Names New Cabinet
MADRID, Spain (AP) _ Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez has chosen his fourth government since his Socialist Party won a landslide electoral victory in October 1982.
Government spokesman Javier Solana said the new cabinet, which includes the first two women named to a Gonazalez government, would be sworn in on Tuesday. Seven cabinet posts changed hands and 10 others remained unchanged.
The announcement of the cabinet selections Friday came after reports of conflicts among education, justice, transportation and industry ministers.
The most notable change came in the Interior Ministry, where labor activist and Socialist Party executive committee member Jose Luis Corcuera replaced Jose Barrionuevo, who moved to the Ministry of Transport, Tourism and Communications.
Also named were were:
-Matilde Fernandez, as social welfare minister, a new post.
-Rosa Conde Gutierrez del Alamo, government spokeswoman.
-Jorge Semprun, culture minister.
-Enrique Mugica Herzog, justice minister.
-Claudio Aranzadi, industry minister.
-Solana, minister of education.
Spokesmen for the country’s largest trade unions, the Socialist-led General Workers Union and the Communist-oriented Comisiones Obreras, said they did not believe the changes would alter Gonzalez’s centrist economic policies.
Both unions have made strong calls for Gonzalez to take a more left-wing approach to economic issues.
Antonio Hernandez Mancha, leader of the largest opposition party, the conservative Popular Alliance, told reporters Friday ″the new cabinet represents a very little change, and recognizes the rightness of our party’s views that basic government services had collapsed.″
Police unions praised Barrionuevo on Friday. But human rights groups have criticized him for alleged reluctance to investigate charges police brutality and misconduct.
A series of strikes last spring by teachers demanding higher wages and protests by students and university professors over reform programs undermined the standing of former Education Minister Jose Maria Maravall.
Conservative opposition leaders and Justice Ministry employees angry over low pay had attacked former Justice Minister Fernando Ledesma as ineffective.
The removal of Transport, Tourism and Communications Minister Abel Caballero was viewed as a response to criticism over a failure to improve public transportion and telephone service.
No changes were made among the other 10 cabinet ministers, which includes Deputy Prime Minister Alfonso Guerra, Foreign Affairs Minister Francisco Fernandez Ordonez and Defense Minister Narcis Serra.