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New Junta de Andalucía government is sworn in

Juan Moreno, centre front row, with new ministers outside Seville's Palacio San Telmo.
Juan Moreno, centre front row, with new ministers outside Seville's Palacio San Telmo. / Julio Muñoz. EFE
  • President Juanma Moreno says his team is ready to "start the ball rolling"

The regional cabinet of the new Partido Popular (PP) and Ciudadanos (Cs) coalition in the Junta de Andalucía was sworn in this week.

The ceremony took place in the seat of the regional government at the Palacio San Telmo in Seville on Tuesday after the new regional president had announced his choice of ministers on Monday. Six of the ministries were set aside for the PP and five for the Cs under the coalition deal.

In his speech at the swearing-in ceremony, the PP's Juanma Moreno, said that "the ball has started rolling". He asked his ministers for "effort and hard work", adding that "tomorrow, make sure you come in your working gear".

Ministers were sworn in the ornate Hall of Mirrors at the Palacio San Telmo. As the PSOE party had been in power for the last 36 years, most of the people attending the ceremony from the PP and Cs coalition had never set foot inside the striking Baroque building in the centre of Seville. Prior to being acquired by the Junta it had been a priests' seminary.

The Junta now has the regional leader of Cs, Juan Marín, as its vice-president. However, in a relaxed atmosphere, both parties were keen to emphasise their unity to get the job done. "We are one government, one team," said Marín on Tuesday.

The new regional government has said it wants a smooth transition and sent a message of calm to those working at the top of the Junta's many departments as many PSOE political appointees prepared to clear their desks.

The first cabinet meeting will symbolically be held in Antequera, Malaga province, on Saturday. Antequera is where Andalusian politicians first set out their plans for regional devolution in 1978.