Barcelona mayor to be new industry minister

30th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

30 August 2006, MADRID — Joan Clos, the mayor of Barcelona, is to be the new minister for industry, it was announced on Wednesday.

30 August 2006

MADRID — Joan Clos, the mayor of Barcelona, is to be the new minister for industry, it was announced on Wednesday.

In a surprise move, prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero announced Clos will be the replacement for departing Jose Montilla.

Montilla will run for Catalan regional prime minister in elections later this year.

Clos, who had been the city mayor for the past nine years, was said to be tiring of the job.

But some commentators, including the sympathetic left-leaning Spanish daily El Pais, said he was not highly-rated and had been a surprise choice for the party.

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Subject: Spanish news

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