National library boss quits after rows with minister

28th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

28 August 2007, MADRID (AFP) - The director of Spain's national library, 74-year-old prize-winning author Rosa Regas, resigned from her post on Monday, saying she did not have the confidence of the nation's new culture minister.

28 August 2007

MADRID (AFP) - The director of Spain's national library, 74-year-old prize-winning author Rosa Regas, resigned from her post on Monday, saying she did not have the confidence of the nation's new culture minister.

Regas said that during a meeting on Friday, Culture Minister Cesar Antonio Molina "told me I have not done anything, I was speechless."

"My career is not administrative and I am not going to continue at a place without the confidence of the minister," she told radio Cadena Ser.

Regas, whose works have won two of Spain's most prestigious literature prizes, was appointed head of the library when the Socialist government of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero took office in 2004.

Her left-wing opinions have won her criticism from Spain's conservative opposition which accused her of using her position to advance her views.

Regas told AFP she will now spend her time writing and travelling.

"I regret leaving because there are many projects underway," she said.

"The criticism from the opposition was very hard to deal with, all the more because women are not well-regarded by the right, especially when they are energetic like me," she added.

Her resignation comes two days after the national library, the guardian of Spain's literary heritage, announced the theft of two maps of the world by Greek geographer Ptolemy which were printed in 1482.

The theft raised questions in some quarters of her management of the library but Regas said her decision to quit had nothing to do with the disappearance of the maps.

Molina became culture minister in June. He was previously the head of the Cervantes Institute, which is charged with promoting Spanish language and culture around the world

[Copyright AFP with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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