Carolina Darias

Carolina Darias San Sebastián (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 25 November 1965) is a Spanish civil servant and Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) politician who has been serving as minister of Health of Spain since January 2021. Before that, from 2020 to 2021, she served as Minister of Territorial Policy and Civil Service under Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez.[1]

Carolina Darias
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Minister of Health of Spain
Assumed office
27 January 2021
Prime MinisterPedro Sánchez
Preceded bySalvador Illa
Minister of Territorial Policy and Civil Service of Spain
In office
13 January 2020 – 27 January 2021
Prime MinisterPedro Sánchez
Preceded byLuis Planas (Acting)
Succeeded byMiquel Iceta
Regional Minister of Economy, Knowledge and Employment of the Canary Islands
In office
18 July 2019 – 13 January 2020
PresidentÁngel Víctor Torres
Preceded byPedro Ortega Rodríguez
Cristina Valido García
President of the Parliament of the Canary Islands
In office
23 June 2015 – 25 June 2019
Preceded byAntonio Castro
Succeeded byGustavo Matos
Personal details
Carolina Darias San Sebastián

(1965-11-25) 25 November 1965 (age 56)
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Political partyPSOE
Alma materUniversity of La Laguna

As member of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE), in July 2019 Canarian President Ángel Víctor Torres appointed Darias as regional minister of Economy, Knowledge and Employment in the government of the Canary Islands. She also served as President of the Parliament of the Canary Islands from June 2015 to June 2019.

Early lifeEdit

Born in Las Palmas on 25 November 1965, Darias received her law degree from the University of La Laguna.[2]


Career in regional politicsEdit

A politician from the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party, Darias was a member of the city council of Las Palmas from 1999 to 2004. She served as a government sub-delegate (2004–07) and was elected to the Parliament of the Canary Islands from Las Palmas in 2007. However, she left the position the following year after her appointment as the director of Territory, Town Planning and Housing in the Las Palmas city council.[3]

In October 2014, Darias contested the PSOE primary for the post of President of the Canary Islands but lost to Patricia Hernández Gutiérrez.[4] After the results of 2015 Canarian regional election were announced PSOE agreed to form a coalition with Canarian Coalition and she was elected Speaker of the Parliament of the Canary Islands even though PSOE had won fewer seats than Canarian Coalition.[5] She is the first woman to hold the position.[2]

Career in national politicsEdit

On January 11, 2020, Darias was appointed as Minister of Territorial Policy and Public Function in the Government of Pedro Sánchez was announced.[6]

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and as the minister responsible for relations between the central government and the different public administrations, Darias accompanied the minister of health, Salvador Illa, to all meetings of the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System as well as other types of coordination and control meetings in the health field. Due to this, on 26 January 2021 the Prime Minister announced her appointment as Minister of Health, successor to Salvador Illa.[7][8]

Personal lifeEdit

On 12 March 2020, it was reported that Darias had been infected by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that caused coronavirus 2020 pandemic. She was the second member of the Spanish government to be infected by the virus, after it was reported that Minister of Equality Irene Montero had tested positive for the virus earlier the same day.[9]


  1. ^ "La consejera canaria Carolina Darias, nueva ministra de Política Territorial y Función Pública". (in Spanish). 11 January 2020. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Carolina Darias, la mujer que devuelve al PSOE la dirección del Parlamento" [Carolina Darias, the woman who returns to the PSOE to address the Parliament] (in Spanish). La Opinión de Tenerife. 24 June 2015. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Excma Ms. Deputy Carolina Darias San Sebastián". Parliament of the Canary Islands. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  4. ^ Marimón, Flora (21 October 2014). "Una estrella política en internet" [A political star on the internet]. La Provincia (in Spanish). Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Coalition government deal for Canaries signed at last". Island Connections. 23 June 2015. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Carolina Darias, ADN socialista para pilotar el diálogo con las comunidades". ELMUNDO (in Spanish). 2020-01-11. Retrieved 2021-01-26.
  7. ^ "Pedro Sánchez coloca a Carolina Darias en Sanidad y confía la Política Territorial a Miquel Iceta". ELMUNDO (in Spanish). 2021-01-26. Retrieved 2021-01-26.
  8. ^ Reuters Staff (2021-01-26). "Spanish PM appoints new health minister amid worsening pandemic". Reuters. Retrieved 2021-01-26.
  9. ^ "Carolina Darias, segunda ministra con coronavirus". El Nacional. 12 March 2020. Retrieved 12 March 2020.