Women are on the rise Spanish politics. Spain's newly-formed government consists eleven women and six men. The newly-elected socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has put women some of the biggest positions in his cabinet, including head defence, economy, education and finance. Spain now has the highest proportion women in top government positions than anywhere else Europe. In a televised statement, Mr Sanchez said his new government consisted people who wanted to move Spain forward. He said: "All are highly qualified and bring a vocation public service and reflect the best Spain. [They are]...open to the world but anchored the European Union."
Mr Sanchez seems an unlikely leader. His Socialist party holds just 84 the 350 seats in Spain's parliament. He took office Friday, replacing the unpopular conservative leader Mariano Rajoy. Ex-prime minister Rajoy was the focus a corruption scandal and had become unpopular because his austerity measures. Sanchez promised to bring change to Spain. However, he has to work quickly to turn Spain's economy . He has promised to call elections less than two years, which may not be enough time to amend the outgoing government's budget 2018. One his biggest challenges will be rebuilding relations the northeastern region Catalonia.