Spain's Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has given 11 of his 17 cabinet posts to women, a higher proportion than anywhere else in Europe. A self-styled feminist, Sánchez' choice was in marked contrast to the male-dominated executives of ex-PM Mariano Rajoy, ousted last week.
Women are given some of the biggest jobs including the defense, economy, finance and education portfolios. An ex-astronaut, Pedro Duque, has been given the role of science minister.
Sánchez mix of party colleagues and experienced figures from outside politics is being described in Spain as a feminist cabinet. In a televised statement, he said his new government was made up of people who shared the same vision of a progressive society that was both modernizing and pro-European.
He spoke of Europe as our new homeland and said he saw his cabinet as a faithful reflection of a change in Spain that had emerged on 8 March through a feminist movement. An estimated five million women across the country staged a feminist strike on that day against wage inequality and gender violence.
It marked, said the new prime minister, a before and an after, in Spanish society.
One of the biggest jobs has gone to Carmen Calvo, a Socialist who will become deputy prime minister and take charge of a reinstated equality ministry. Some of the other new ministers are:
Spain's new government of 18, including Pedro Sánchez himself, is 61.1% women - the highest proportion in the country's history. Only a handful of countries have governments where at least 50% of ministers are women. They include France, Sweden and Canada.
Mr Sánchez has promised to call elections in less than two years and has inherited the outgoing government's budget for 2018 and is looking for a formula that will give him victory at the polls. He may have only 84 seats out of 350 and will struggle to pass reforms, but he hopes to at least dangle enticing plans before Spanish voters.
Conservative Popular Party leader Mariano Rajoy, who took office in 2011, lost his job as prime minister last week after losing a no-confidence motion in parliament.
Sánchez won the support of six other parties to remove Mr Rajoy in the wake of a massive corruption scandal. However, his party only has a quarter of the seats in parliament.
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