First Zapatero Government

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First Zapatero Government
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Government of Spain
2004–2008
Primer Gobierno de José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero (2004).jpg
Date formed 18 April 2004
Date dissolved 14 April 2008
People and organisations
Head of state Juan Carlos I
Head of government José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero
Deputy head of government María Teresa Fernández de la Vega
No. of ministers 17
Member party PSOE
PSC
Status in legislature Minority
Opposition party PP
Opposition leader Mariano Rajoy
History
Election(s) 2004 general election
Outgoing election 2008 general election
Legislature term(s) 2 April 2004 – 1 April 2008 (VIII)
Budget(s) 2005 budget
2006 budget
2007 budget
2008 budget
Predecessor Aznar II
Successor Zapatero II

The first Zapatero Government was the government of Spain from 18 April 2004 to 14 April 2008. It was formed after King Juan Carlos I nominated José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero to form a government following the general election held on 14 March 2004. Zapatero was elected Prime Minister by the Congress of Deputies on 16 April and was sworn into office on 17 April.[1] It succeeded the second Aznar Government.

History[edit]

Zapatero's first cabinet made up the government of Spain from 18 April 2004 to 14 April 2008, a total of 1,457 days, or 3 years, 11 months and 27 days. It was composed mainly by members of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE), though it also included members of its sister party, the Socialists' Party of Catalonia (PSC), and several independents.

Investiture[edit]

Investiture
José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero (PSOE)
Ballot → 16 April 2004
Required majority → 176 out of 350 YesY
183 / 350
148 / 350
19 / 350
Absentees
0 / 350
Sources[2]

Council of Ministers[edit]

The Council of Ministers was structured into 16 ministries—not including the post of prime minister—as well as 2 deputy prime minister offices.[3][4][5]

The government underwent two major reshuffles: one in April 2006, seeing changes in the ministries of Defence, Interior and Education,[6] and another in July 2007 which involved changes in the ministries of Public Administrations, Culture, Health and Housing.[7] Two additional reshuffles were required in September 2006 and February 2007 after the heads of the Industry and Justice ministries, José Montilla and Juan Fernando López Aguilar respectively,[8][9] resigned their posts in order to contest the 2006 Catalan and 2007 Canarian elections.

I Zapatero Government
(18 April 2004 – 14 April 2008)
Office Name Term of office Party
Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero 17 April 2004 – 12 April 2008 PSOE
First Deputy Prime Minister María Teresa Fernández de la Vega 18 April 2004 – 14 April 2008 Independent
Minister of the Presidency
Spokesperson of the Government
Second Deputy Prime Minister Pedro Solbes 18 April 2004 – 14 April 2008 PSOE
Minister of Economy and the Treasury
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Miguel Ángel Moratinos 18 April 2004 – 14 April 2008 PSOE
Minister of Justice Juan Fernando López Aguilar 18 April 2004 – 12 February 2007 PSOE
Mariano Fernández Bermejo 12 February 2007 – 14 April 2008 Independent
Minister of Defence José Bono 18 April 2004 – 11 April 2006 PSOE
José Antonio Alonso 11 April 2006 – 14 April 2008 PSOE
Minister of the Interior José Antonio Alonso 18 April 2004 – 11 April 2006 PSOE
Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba 11 April 2006 – 14 April 2008 PSOE
Minister of Development Magdalena Álvarez 18 April 2004 – 14 April 2008 PSOE
Minister of Education and Science María Jesús San Segundo 18 April 2004 – 11 April 2006 Independent
Mercedes Cabrera 11 April 2006 – 14 April 2008 PSOE
Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Jesús Caldera 18 April 2004 – 14 April 2008 PSOE
Minister of Industry, Tourism and Trade José Montilla 18 April 2004 – 8 September 2006 PSC
Joan Clos 8 September 2006 – 14 April 2008 PSC
Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Elena Espinosa 18 April 2004 – 14 April 2008 PSOE
Minister of the Public Administration Services Jordi Sevilla 18 April 2004 – 9 July 2007 PSOE
Elena Salgado 9 July 2007 – 14 April 2008 PSOE
Minister of Culture Carmen Calvo 18 April 2004 – 9 July 2007 PSOE
César Antonio Molina 9 July 2007 – 14 April 2008 Independent
Minister of Health and Consumption Elena Salgado 18 April 2004 – 9 July 2007 PSOE
Bernat Soria 9 July 2007 – 14 April 2008 Independent
Minister of Environmental Affairs Cristina Narbona 18 April 2004 – 14 April 2008 PSOE
Minister of Housing María Antonia Trujillo 18 April 2004 – 9 July 2007 PSOE
Carme Chacón 9 July 2007 – 14 April 2008 PSC

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Real Decreto 552/2004, de 16 de abril, por el que se nombra Presidente del Gobierno a don José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero". Boletín Oficial del Estado (in Spanish) (93): 15981. 17 April 2004. Retrieved 20 November 2017. 
  2. ^ "Congress of Deputies: Most important votes". historiaelectoral.com (in Spanish). Electoral History. Retrieved 28 September 2017. 
  3. ^ "Real Decreto 553/2004, de 17 de abril, por el que se reestructuran los departamentos ministeriales". Boletín Oficial del Estado (in Spanish) (94): 16003–16006. 18 April 2004. Retrieved 13 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "Real Decreto 554/2004, de 17 de abril, sobre las Vicepresidencias del Gobierno". Boletín Oficial del Estado (in Spanish) (94): 16006. 18 April 2004. Retrieved 13 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "BOE-S-2004-94: II. Autoridades y personal". Boletín Oficial del Estado (in Spanish) (94): 16007–16008. 18 April 2004. Retrieved 13 June 2017. 
  6. ^ "BOE-S-2006-86: II. Autoridades y personal". Boletín Oficial del Estado (in Spanish) (86): 13975. 11 April 2006. Retrieved 13 June 2017. 
  7. ^ "BOE-S-2007-163: II. Autoridades y personal". Boletín Oficial del Estado (in Spanish) (163): 29464–29465. 9 July 2007. Retrieved 13 June 2017. 
  8. ^ "BOE-S-2006-215: II. Autoridades y personal". Boletín Oficial del Estado (in Spanish) (215): 31964. 8 September 2006. Retrieved 13 June 2017. 
  9. ^ "BOE-S-2007-37: II. Autoridades y personal". Boletín Oficial del Estado (in Spanish) (37): 6083. 12 February 2007. Retrieved 13 June 2017. 

External links[edit]

  • historiaelectoral.com (in Spanish). Governments of Spain 2004–2011. Ministers of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero
  • lluisbelenes.es (in Spanish). The governments of the second period of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (2004–2011)
Preceded by
Aznar II
Government of Spain
2004–2008
Succeeded by
Zapatero II