New Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy named on Wednesday a cabinet of mostly close advisers charged with reviving the sluggish economy while slashing spending to reassure investors the Euro zone's No. 4 economy can stay solvent.
Luis de Guindos, a former Lehman Brothers executive and economy under-secretary, will head the economy ministry, which was divided in two as Rajoy named his close adviser Cristóbal Montoro as treasury minister.
De Guindos and Montoro will lead a costly overhaul of Spanish banks and persuade Spaniards to make sacrifices and accept austerity even though one in five workers is jobless.
Spain is at the centre of the Euro currency bloc's debt crisis on concerns its economy is too big to be bailed out with a Greek-style aid package.
On Monday, Rajoy promised deep spending cuts at all levels of government to trim the deficit. He also offered tax breaks for companies in a bid to create jobs and stimulate an economy which many analysts estimate has already entered recession.
Rajoy's conservative People's Party (PP) won the parliamentary election by a landslide in November and he kept secret his choices for ministers right up until the last moment.
However, de Guindos and Montoro had been on a long list of possible stewards for the economy after voters angry over unemployment threw out the Socialists who had been in office for more than seven years.
Other ministers included Fátima Banez, an economist and lawyer and part of Rajoy's economy team in recent years, to head the Labour ministry and lead an overhaul of the rigid labour laws; and Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, who has designed Rajoy's approach to other European leaders, as foreign minister.