Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho has carried out a cabinet reshuffle with the announcement that Luís Marques Guedes and Miguel Poiares Maduro would be appointed in place of Miguel Relvas who resigned a week ago.
Taking the total number of ministers to twelve, the major change is the arrival of the law professor Miguel Poiares Maduro to become Assistant Minister for Regional Development while also responsible for the media and local government.
In turn, current State Secretary Luís Marques Guedes is to become the Minister to the Presidency and Parliamentary Affairs and also taking on responsibility for youth and sport.
This is the first ministerial level cabinet reshuffle in the 22 month long government and was announced following Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho’s weekly meeting with President Cavaco Silva, with the latter due to swear in the new ministers this Saturday.
Miguel Relvas left the government following issues over his educational qualifications.
Opposition parties reacted to the announcement negatively with Socialist Party Parliamentary leader Carlos Zorrinho summarising the opposition feelings: “The truth is that the entire government has to resign. The Socialist Party considers Portugal needs a new government."