DESPITE being two decades at the head of the Junta de Andalucia, Manuel Chaves has left the region at the foot of the European league tables.
This is the view of thinktank Funcas as Chaves moves on to become Prime Minister Zapatero’s Minister for Autonomous Regions.
Chaves – who has been re-elected six times over 19 years – has accepted the new position, which will leave him responsible for coordinating between Spain’s autonomous regions.
The politician – formerly Spain’s Employment Minister – has been heavily criticised for his environment policy, in particular a failure to deal with the region’s coasts.
He effectively turned a blind eye as towns such as Marbella built tens of thousands of illegal houses.
His successor Jose Antonio Grinon, 61, was sworn in earlier this week.