Rita Martín to be replaced as tourism minister

Perhaps never has a Government tourism minister been on the receiving end of so much opprobium and ridicule, and many in the islands will be saying a relieved “at last”, but finally there is to be a new tourism minister to replace the much-criticized Rita Martín. She is to step down from her post after the PP (Conservatives) broke its pact with the ruling Coalición Canaria.

The pact, which has been in place since 2007, has been somewhat fragile for some time, but there seem to have been clear instructions from the leader of the national party, Mariano Rajoy, to the leader of the PP in the Canaries, José Manuel Soria, to break with the CC as punishment for supporting Zapatero’s economic reforms. This means that Paulino Rivero’s CC must now rule as a minority government in the Canaries. As such, a shuffle was virtually inevitable.

Paulino Rivero diplomatically praised the work, effort, and dedication that Rita Martín had brought to her role over the last three years. Meanwhile, the mayoress of San Bartolomé de Tirajana in Gran Canaria, María del Pino Torres, urged the President to name the new minister as quickly as possible, and certainly the department needs a strong replacement quickly, many might say it has been in need of it for a considerable time.

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