Spanish defence minister gives birth to boy
The first female defence minister gave birth to her first child on Monday in her hometown.20 May 2008
Madrid/Barcelona - Spain's first female defence minister, Carme Chacon, 37, on Monday gave birth to her first child in her native town Esplugues de Llobregat near Barcelona, hospital sources said.
Chacon had gone into hospital for a routine checkup after attending a meeting of the Catalan branch of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's Socialist Party.
Doctors decided to hospitalise her, and she soon had a baby boy. Mother and child were in perfect health, the sources said.
Chacon postponed a meeting with a parliamentary defence commission planned for Tuesday.
Spain's first minister to give birth while in office, Chacon has said she will share parenthood leave with her husband, former secretary of state Miguel Barroso.
After winning the 9 March elections, Zapatero appointed Spain's first female-dominated cabinet, including Chacon whose appointment sparked some controversy within the army.
On taking office, the former housing minister made worldwide headlines by inspecting troops in an advanced state of pregnancy.
Chacon then visited Spanish troops Afghanistan, Lebanon and Bosnia, in a sign that motherhood did not prevent women from carrying out professional duties.
[dpa / Expatica]