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Spanish health minister resigns over qualifications

Spanish health minister Carmen Monton resigned Tuesday after press reports of alleged irregularities in her educational qualifications, the second top official in the Socialist government to step down since it was formed in June.

“I have communicated to the head of the government my resignation,” Monton said.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez came to power promising a fresh start after ousting conservative Mariano Rajoy and immediately won praise for appointing a cabinet made up mostly of women.

The gloss was dented quickly however when culture and sports minister Maxim Huerta resigned shortly after taking office when it emerged he had been heavily fined for tax fraud.