The President of the Council of State, María Teresa Fernández, has resigned from her post as head of the institution. The dismissal will be effective from next Tuesday 18 October, as it has to be approved by the Council of Ministers.
It is foreseeable that the former vice-president of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero’s government will continue as a life councillor in the aforementioned institutional body, although the Executive must approve the appointment. Thus, a seat on the Permanent Commission of the Council of State will remain vacant, as the permanent councillor elected by the PSOE, Victoria Camps, resigned last week.
According to Europa Press sources at the Council of State, the resignation comes after De la Vega fulfilled her commitment to Pedro Sánchez to spend four years at the head of the Council of State and to undertake a series of reforms such as the digitalisation and transparency of the institution.
The dismissal will be confirmed at the Council of Ministers on 18 October. If the government does not finally appoint a new president on Tuesday, the position could be held by the head of the first section, Miguel Herrero y Rodríguez de Miñón.
In 2018, De la Vega became the first woman to chair the government’s highest advisory body after the no-confidence motion against Mariano Rajoy, which allowed the PSOE to take power.