Economy minister to run for Congress

27th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

27 November 2007, MADRID - Pedro Solbes, currently the economy minister, will run for a seat in Congress in the upcoming general elections, EL PAÍS confirmed on Monday. He will be number two on the Socialists' Madrid list for the chamber, after Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.

27 November 2007

MADRID - Pedro Solbes, currently the economy minister, will run for a seat in Congress in the upcoming general elections, EL PAÍS confirmed on Monday. He will be number two on the Socialists' Madrid list for the chamber, after Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.

Solbes, 65, announced that if the Socialist Party wins the March poll, he will keep the post of economy chief for the next four years. Solbes' nomination for Congress, however, is seen as an attempt by the party to win over wavering voters in the centre ground, given his strong economic credentials.

At a Socialist rally Sunday to officially proclaim Zapatero the party candidate to the premiership, Solbes was asked to remain in his post as economy minister if the party wins the election.

"Solbes was born to do this," Zapatero said.

[Copyright EL PAÍS, SL./ L. R. AIZPEOLEA / SUSANA URRA 2007]

Subject: Spanish news

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