President of the Republic sworn in five new state secretaries

This ceremony in the Ambassadors' Room of the Palace of Belém started about ten minutes late and lasted close to five minutes, with the presence of the Prime Minister, António Costa, of the Ministers of Education, Tiago Brandão Rodrigues, of Health, Marta Temido , Infrastructure and Housing, Pedro Nuno Santos, and Mar, Ricardo Serrão Santos, and the five exonerated state secretaries.

Miguel Figueiredo Lopes / Presidency of the Republic handout via Lusa

The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, inaugurated today five new secretaries of State from the ministries of Education, Health, Infrastructure and Sea, in a restricted ceremony at the Palace of Belém, in Lisbon.

This ceremony in the Ambassadors' Room of the Palace of Belém started about ten minutes late and lasted close to five minutes, with the presence of the Prime Minister, António Costa, of the Ministers of Education, Tiago Brandão Rodrigues, of Health, Marta Temido , Infrastructure and Housing, Pedro Nuno Santos, and Mar, Ricardo Serrão Santos, and the five exonerated state secretaries.

A short greetings session followed, with no other guests.

At the Ministry of Health, Diogo Serras Lopes took office as the new Secretary of State for Health, a place until now occupied by António Sales, who rose in the hierarchy of the team led by Minister Marta Temido, assuming the functions of Assistant Secretary of State and Health, that were exercised by Jamila Madeira, now exonerated.

Today also joined the Government Inês Ramires, as Secretary of State for Education, and Teresa Estêvão Pedro, new Secretary of State for Fisheries, replacing, respectively, Susana Amador and José Apolinário.

At the Ministry of Infrastructure, Hugo Santos Mendes took office as Assistant Secretary of State and Communications, a position until now held by Alberto Souto de Miranda, and Marina Gonçalves took over the Housing portfolio, replacing Ana Pinho.

These changes in these four ministries, which constitute the second recomposition of the XXII Constitutional Government, were proposed by the Prime Minister, António Costa, and accepted by the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, on Wednesday.

This second recomposition of the Government does not change its dimension, as well as the first, which happened three months ago, with the replacement of Mário Centeno by João Leão as Minister of State and Finance and the consequent change of three Secretaries of State, who took over inauguration on June 15.

At the time, due to the covid-19 pandemic, the head of state, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, took over the new Finance team in a restricted ceremony at the Palace of Belém, without other guests.

Mário Centeno, who left the government at his request, was nominated by the governing executive of Banco de Portugal the following month.

The XXII Constitutional Government, the second minority executive headed by António Costa, took office on October 26, 2019, at Palácio da Ajuda, in Lisbon, following the victory of the PS in the October 06 legislative elections, without an absolute majority, composed of 19 ministers and 50 secretaries of state.

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