Spain’s new deputy prime minister ‘most powerful woman since democracy’

Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, Spain’s new deputy prime minister, has been labelled the “most powerful woman since democracy” after she was given a raft of new briefs, including control of the intelligence service.

Miss Saenz de Santamaria, 40, agreed she had wide-ranging powers in the new government but said she saw them more as duties.

“I accept I have many duties. I am one of those who thinks you have to speak of duty more than powers,” she said in a news conference after the right-leaning government’s first cabinet meeting.

“I will do my utmost to handle everything, and if there is something I cannot do I will ask for help.”

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