King Felipe VI and Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez hold an official office this Tuesday at the La Almudaina Palace in Palma. For the first time, the traditional meeting between the Head of State and the President of the Government changes location and moves to the National Heritage, located in front of the Cathedral in the historic center of Palma. This change facilitates the inauguration of the new Attorney General Álvaro García Ortiz, who will be appointed to succeed Dolores Delgado.
García Ortiz swears or promises position on the island, accompanied by the President of the Government; the Minister of Justice, Pilar Llop; and the President of the Supreme Court and the Judiciary, Carlos Lesmes. After the fact meet Felipe VI. and Pedro Sánchez to discuss relevant political issues. The meeting, which was reduced to a single meeting on the island for a number of years, comes after the tour the president has undertaken in the western Balkans, which has taken him through Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Albania. The office is also marked by the completion of the political course after the last Council of Ministers took place before the summer holidays.
After the appointment, Sánchez is expected to offer a press conference where he usually discusses some of the issues discussed with the king. Then Felipe VI. and Sánchez will have lunch together and later the President of the Executive will travel to the seat of the Balearic Government in the Consolat de la Mar to hold a meeting with the President of the Islands, Francina Armengol, from 16:00 to discuss matters that affect the archipelago. Sánchez will leave the island after meeting the Balearic leader.
Last year, the office between the monarch and the president dealt with the health situation shaped by the coronavirus pandemic and the economic situation at the time. In addition, during his public appearance, Sánchez praised the king’s commitment to transparency and the renewal of the crown, as the meeting came just a year after Juan Carlos I left abroad after the court cases against him opened in Spain.
Years ago, Marivent’s historic summer office was reduced to a single meeting. It was José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero who broke with the tradition of holding the meeting twice in the summer, a change also picked up by Mariano Rajoy and Sánchez. At the same time, the king also reduced his stay on the island, which has been limited to 10 days in August in recent summers. In Mallorca he combines a public and a private agenda, enjoying the sailing days of the Copa del Rey de Vela and taking part in some private events such as: B. Dinners in restaurants in Palma with the rest of the family.
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