On 21st Portugal the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, inaugurated  new ministers: Deputy Prime Minister, Pedro Siza Vieira, and the Minister of Internal Administration, Eduardo Cabrita, (replacing Constancia Urbano de Sousa) at a ceremony held at the Palácio de Belém in Lisbon.

The new Secretary of State for Civil Protection, José Artur Neves, and the new Secretary of State for Citizenship and Equality, Rosa Lopes Monteiro, also took office today.

Isabel Oneto and Carlos Miguel were respectively reappointed as Assistant Secretary of State and Internal Administration and Secretary of State for Local Authorities.

They were sworn in to the presence of the President of the Assembly of the Republic, Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues, and all the ministers of the Government, in a short ceremony held in the Ambassadors’ Hall of the Palace of Belém, which lasted about six minutes.

Also present was former Secretary of State Jorge Gomes – who was overall responsible for the civil protection department.