The third vice president of the Government, Teresa Ribera, has confirmed that President Pedro Sánchez has communicated to his team that the Executive is suffering a crisis and that he is proposing changes in the Council of Ministers, including a reduction in portfolios, as published exclusively by EL ESPAÑOL.

“President is working on thinking about how to face the new stage in which we are and it is up to him to evaluate with which team he wants to continue managing this stage, “said Ribera in an interview on Channel 24 Horas of TVE.

The most prudent thing is to wait and see how you design and what this new stage means. It is exciting and needs energy, “he continued, before adding that Sánchez” is in different hypotheses “of how the changes would be.

The changes

The government crisis will take into account the balance with the coalition partner, United We Can, and therefore the distribution of ministries agreed between the purple formation and the PSOE at the beginning of 2020. After the agreement with Pablo Iglesias, Sánchez achieved the investiture, also relying on other minority groups and the abstention of the independentistas.

The decision to renew the Executive has been made and Moncloa has also communicated it to its partners. However, the President of the Government will wait to tackle this first great crisis of the coalition Government until the primaries of the Andalusian PSOE, which will take place on June 13 and, above all, have been granted pardons to the prisoners of the process.

The grace measure for the imprisoned independence leaders will be taken this summer in a Council of Ministers, and it is even being considered at the end of this same month of June.

Two messages

With the change in his government, Sánchez tries to launch two messages: one, to pass the controversial page of forgiveness to the seditious pro-independence activists, a measure that according to the polls rejects a majority of Spaniards including socialist voters. Sánchez himself has recognized that the decision has a cost that they intend to assume.

But the president also intends to show that his intention is to have a strong Cabinet to exhaust the legislature until the end of 2023, the year in which Spain will hold the rotating presidency of the European Union. Until now, Sánchez had only had to make two adjustments to his team, first after the departure of Salvador Illa of the Ministry of Health, and then after the abandonment of Pablo Iglesias from the second vice-presidency.

With this remodeling, Sánchez will arrive at the 40th Federal Congress of the PSOE -which will take place next October- being able to boast of having recovered the political initiative.

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