Deputy Prime Minister of Spain
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|Deputy Prime Minister of Spain
Vicepresidente primero del Gobierno de España
Flag of Government Officials
|Style||Señor (m) Señora (f)|
|Inaugural holder||Agustín Muñoz Grandes|
The Deputy Prime Minister of Spain (Spanish: Vicepresidente primero del Gobierno de España, strictly First Vice President of the Government of Spain) is the second in command to the Prime Minister of Spain, filling in for when the Prime Minister is absent or incapable of exercising power. The person for the post is usually handpicked by the Prime Minister from the members of the Cabinet. The title of "First" is used to distinguish them from the Second Vice President of the Government, as in the last legislatures there have been usually two. The Headquarters of the First Vice Presidency of the Government of Spain is the Edificio Semillas, in La Moncloa Complex.
Currently Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría is the First Deputy Prime Minister, she assumed the post on the swearing-in of the Rajoy Government in December 2011.
Being a constitutional monarchy, the government of Spain is headed by a prime minister but the official title in Spanish is Presidente del Gobierno, literally President of the Government. This can be confusing to foreigners and indeed is to many Spaniards, who sometimes translate the title into English as President. Therefore, the Spanish Vice President of the Government is actually the equivalent of a Deputy Prime Minister, not a Vice President.
List of Deputy Prime Ministers of Spain
|#||Picture||Deputy Prime Minister||Took office||Left office||Prime Minister||Term||Party|
|1||Agustín Muñoz Grandes||1962||1967||Francisco Franco||Franco's dictatorship||Military|
|2||Luis Carrero Blanco||1967||1973|
|4||Jose Garcia Hernandez||1974||1975|
|5||Fernando de Santiago y Díaz||1975||1976||Carlos Arias Navarro||Transitional Governments||Military|
|6||Manuel Fraga Iribarne||1975||1976||Falange|
|7||Juan Miguel Villar Mir||1976||1976|
|8||Manuel Gutiérrez Mellado||1977||1979||Adolfo Suárez González||Constituent Legislature||Military|
|9||Rodolfo Martín Villa||1981||1982||Leopoldo Calvo-Sotelo Bustelo||UCD|
|10||Alfonso Guerra González||1982||1986||Felipe González Márquez||2nd Legislature||PSOE|
|12||Francisco Álvarez Cascos||1996||2000||José María Aznar López||6th Legislature||PP|
|13||Mariano Rajoy Brey||2000||2003||7th Legislature|
|14||Rodrigo Rato Figaredo||2003||2004|
|15||María Teresa Fernández de la Vega||2004||2008||José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero||8th Legislature||PSOE|
|16||Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba||2010||2011|
|17||Elena Salgado Méndez||2011||2011|
|18||Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría Antón||2011||Incumbent||Mariano Rajoy Brey||10th Legislature||PP|
- "Los salarios del Gobierno" (in Spanish). El Pais.