Díaz, the new president of the Junta. EFE
On Tuesday morning, just as Judge Ayala was preparing to release her judicial bombshell, the new president of the Junta de Andalucía, Susana Díaz, presided over the official ceremony at which her regional councillors took possession of their roles.
Some of the ‘Consejeros’ have kept the posts they held under Griñán, but others were newcomers to the Andalusian government.
Of the 11 councillors three are from the province of Malaga, giving the Costa del Sol greater weight at the Junta than ever before.
In this way Díaz reflects the importance of Malaga for the economy of Andalucía along with the regional capital Seville.
One of the new faces is José Sánchez Maldonado, 61, who until last May was president of the Malaga Port Authority. A former Malaga city councillor for the PSOE and teacher, he is an expert in Public Administration and received the Andalusian Award for Economy in 1991 and 1999.
Rodríguez and Alonso
The other two Malaga councillors remain in the Andalusian government. Rafael Rodríguez, one of the coalition partner Izquierda Unida’s representatives, keeps his role as head of Tourism. Luciano Alonso is now at the helm of a new “macro” department covering Education, Culture and Sport.
Taking over Díaz’s old job as ‘Consejero de la Presidencia’, essentially the president’s head of cabinet, is Manuel Jiménez Barrios, president of the PSOE in Cadiz.
Díaz’s new government is formed equally by six men and six women, including herself, and her team promised to do their best for their region on Tuesday.
Their moment was drowned out, however, by the tweeting from mobile telephones as journalists and politicians alike learned of the latest developments in the ERE scandal.
Meanwhile in her speech Díaz called for her new government to be open, transparent and without shadows to “improve the image and the confidence the general public have in politics” always attending to the needs of the “ordinary people”.