Barcelona (ACN).- The President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, announced on Thursday the members of the new Executive, who were sworn into office on the same morning.
Half of the previous ministers will continue in the same position, such as the Vice-President Joana Ortega, the Finance Minister Andreu Mas-Colell and the Education Minister Irene Rigau. However, the new Cabinet has more political weight than the previous one, with fewer independents and with more high-profile figures from the Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU), the only political force sitting in the Executive.
The new Government has the objectives of organising the self-determination vote, reducing the public deficit and reactivating the economy. The Cabinet will be controlled by one of Mas’ closest collaborators, Francesc Homs, who will be the new Minister for Presidency and Foreign Affairs. Another of Mas’ collaborators who has been promoted is Germà Gordó, who will be the new Minister for Justice.