Deputy Prime Minister of Spain
|First Vice President of the Government of Spain
Vicepresidente primero del Gobierno de España
Flag of Government Officials
Madam Vice President
|Residence||Edificio Semillas, Palacio de la Moncloa|
Countersigned by the Prime Minister of Spain
|Term length||No fixed term
No term limits are imposed on the office.
|Constituting instrument||Constitution of 1978|
|First holder||Agustín Muñoz Grandes|
|Unofficial names||Deputy Prime Minister of Spain|
The Deputy Prime Minister of Spain, officially First Vice President of the Government, (Spanish: Vicepresidente primero del Gobierno de España) 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.
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.
- Advising the President of the Government (Prime Minister).
- Attending the Cabinet, the Delegated Commissions of the Government and the General Commission of Secretaries of State and Undersecretaries.
- Supporting the President of the Government, specially exercising the responsibilities in relation to preparing and tracking the Government Programme.
- Interministerial Coordinating given by current laws, the Government or the President.
- Attending the Government with its relationships with the General Courts.
- Preparing, carrying out and tracking the legislative programme of the Government and specially its parliamentary processing.
- Material supporting, economic, financial, personal and budgetary management and in general whatever responsibilities needed by the President and the Presidency of the Government's dependent bodies.
- Being the secretary at the Cabinet.
- Organising the territorial administration.
List of Deputy Prime Ministers of Spain
|No.||Picture||Deputy Prime Minister||Took Office||Left Office||Prime Minister||Term||Party|
|1||Agustín Muñoz Grandes||1962||1967||Francisco Franco||Franco's dictatorship||FET–JONS|
|2||Luis Carrero Blanco||1967||1973|
|4||José García Hernández||1974||1975|
|5||Fernando de Santiago y Díaz||1975||1976||Carlos Arias Navarro||Transitional Governments||Military|
|7||Juan-Miguel Villar Mir||1976||1976|
|8||Manuel Gutiérrez Mellado||1977||1979||Adolfo Suárez||Constituent Legislature||Military|
|9||Rodolfo Martín Villa||1981||1982||Leopoldo Calvo-Sotelo||UCD|
|10||Alfonso Guerra||1982||1986||Felipe González||2nd Legislature||PSOE|
|12||Francisco Álvarez-Cascos||1996||2000||José María Aznar||6th Legislature||PP|
|13||Mariano Rajoy||2000||2003||7th Legislature|
|15||María Teresa Fernández de la Vega||2004||2008||José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero||8th Legislature||PSOE|
|16||Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba||2010||2011|
|18||Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría||2011||2015||Mariano Rajoy||10th Legislature||PP|