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Aznar Sworn In for Second Term as Spain's Premier

April 28, 2000|Times Wire Services

MADRID — Jose Maria Aznar was sworn in before King Juan Carlos I on Thursday for a second term as Spain's prime minister.

In naming his Cabinet, Aznar retained Rodrigo Rato as economy minister and kept several old faces in his new government.

Aznar, 47, whose center-right Popular Party won a surprise majority in last month's election, said Rato would oversee economic affairs. A new post of finance minister went to Cristobal Montoro, previously No. 2 at the Economy Ministry.

Rato is seen as an heir apparent to Aznar.

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