Prime Minster Pedro Sanchez has appointed Carolina Darias (PSOE) as the new Minister of Health, replacing Salvador Illa, who resigned last week to fight for the presidency in the Catalan elections.
Darias was one of the women who led the 8M protests in Madrid, thought to have been the main factor in the early spread of the virus in the Spanish capitol. Indeed she was one of the early recipients of the virus, which she contracted just 4 days after the 8M event.
At a time when many thought the Prime Minister would appoint a minister with a background in health her experience in such matters, apart from having recovered from the virus, like that of her predecessor, is zero.
She graduated in Law from the University of La Laguna, and belongs to the Society of Public Administrators in the autonomous community of the Canary Islands,
She did briefly serve, however, as spokesperson for Health in the Parliament of the Canary Islands.
Darias inherits a very delicate situation at this stage of the pandemic, with infections on the rise and with regions requesting new measures to deal with it, such as bringing forward the curfew.
Political commentators say that Darias is most certainly not a political heavyweight and that her appointment is the Prime Minister’s way of lowering the political influence in the management of the pandemic .
The position that she vacates, as Minister of Territorial Policy, will be filled by the leader of the PSC (Socialist party of Catalonia), Miquel Iceta, who is a firm defender of Catalonia as a nation.