Government: Secretaries of State round off cabinet reshuffle


President Aníbal Cavaco Silva will swear in the new secretaries of state on Friday who are the last names to be announced following the midweek government reshuffle.

Politics What's New — 26 July 2013 by Lusa News
Government: Secretaries of State round off cabinet reshuffle

The new Minister for Foreign Affairs Rui Machete (Photograph: João Relvas/LUSA)

Joining the team under the new Minister for Foreign Affairs, Rui Machete are Luís Campos Ferreira, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and Bruno Maçães, for European Affairs, as the last names to be announced following the midweek government reshuffle.

Now there are a total of six new state secretaries while ten remain at their posts despite the reallocation of portfolios under structural changes to ministries that included Agriculture and Environment being divided up.

Outgoing Minister of Foreign Affairs, and now Deputy Prime Minister, Paulo Portas is taking two of his team with him as Miguel Morais Leitão remains his Assistant Secretary of State despite leaving behind his European Affairs portfolio and Vânia Dias da Silva also making the transition at the Under-Secretary of State level.

There has been substantial continuity throughout the government with the new Minister of Economy, António Pires de Lima, retaining both Sérgio Monteiro as Secretary of State for Infrastructure, Transport and Communication and Adolfo Mesquita Nunes for Tourism while appointing Leonardo Melo Mathias as his Under Secretary of State and Pedro Pereira Gonçalves as Secretary of State for Innovation, Investment and Competitiveness.

The new Minister for Environment, Planning and Energy, Jorge Moreira da Silva, holds onto two Secretaries of State, Artur Trindade, who sticks with Energy even despite switching over from the Ministry of Economy , and Paulo da Silva Lemos as State Secretary for the Environment while bringing in Miguel Castro Neto for Nature Conservation.

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