Héctor Gómez and José Manuel Miñones, recently appointed ministers of Tourism and Health respectively, replace Reyes Maroto and Carolina Darias, candidates in the municipal elections in May

The new ministers of Health and Industry, Trade and Tourism will be José Manuel Miñones and Héctor Gómez. This was announced this Monday by the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez. The newly appointed ministers will join the Council of Ministers next Tuesday, replacing Carolina Darias and Reyes Maroto. Both are standing as candidates in the municipal elections on 28 May in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Madrid respectively.

Héctor Gómez, the new Minister of Tourism, has been received with great satisfaction by the business associations of the tourism sector, both in the Balearic Islands and in Spain. Both the government and the hotel sector have welcomed his appointment. The president of the Balearic Executive, Francina Armengol, and the president of the hoteliers, María Frontera, have coincided in highlighting the suitability of the deputy from the Canary Islands, who was at the head of Turespaña.

José Manuel Miñones, a pharmacist by profession, was until now the government delegate in Galicia. Until last September, Héctor Gómez was the spokesman for the Socialists in the Spanish Congress of Deputies. He had previously worked in the Ministry of Industry, which he will now head, as director of Turespaña. Like Darias, Gómez is from the Canary Islands, so in this case the archipelago’s quota in the Council of Ministers would be maintained.