Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (C) poses with his new ministers for a family photo following their first cabinet meeting at La Moncloa palace in Madrid on June 8, 2018. / AFP / JAVIER SORIANO
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Spain's new Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has raised eyebrows by appointing as his chief of staff a political consultant who previously worked with leaders of the conservative Popular Party.Ivan Redondo, 37, was one of the architects of the no-confidence motion tabled by the Socialists which ousted conservative Mariano Rajoy from office last week and replaced him with Sanchez.After leading the Socialists to their worst ever results in general elections in 2015 and 2016, Sanchez managed to convince far-left party Podemos and tiny Catalan and Basque nationalist parties to back the no-confidence motion.Sanchez, ousted as party leader in October 2016 by an internal rebellion, hired Redondo as a consultant a year ago, when he was re-elected head of the Socialists in a primary election.
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