There is already a name for the presidency of the INE (National Institute of Statistics): Elena Manzanera, director until now of the Institute of Statistics and Cartography of Andalusia, according to has advanced ABC and has been able to confirm elDiario.es. Manzanera will succeed the previous president of the organization, Juan Rodríguez Poo, who left the post in June amid discrepancies with the government over various methodological issues regarding the measurement of GDP and inflation. Vice President Nadia Calviño finally opts for Manzanera, who had spent almost two decades in the Andalusian statistical body and who came to direct it during the PP’s mandate in the Andalusian Government, in February 2019.
The president of the INE resigns, whose replacement was finalized by the Government
The appointment of Elena Manzanera has been made official in the Council of Ministers this Monday, the last one before the summer break. The election of Vice President Nadia Calviño is thus imposed on other names that sounded to succeed Juan Rodríguez Poo, especially that of the former Secretary of State for Social Security and former ‘number two’ of Escrivá, Israel Arroyo.
Arroyo resigned on May 21 from his position for “personal reasons”, such as fatigue due to the great activity of the position, pointed out from the Ministry of Social Security. From the Escrivá department they indicated that Israel Arroyo would return to AIReF, an organization in which he previously worked.
A few days later, The Confidential noted that the economic vice president would put him in charge of the INE, as a substitute for Rodríguez Poo (still in office). Back then, at the Ministry of Economic Affairs, he insisted that no one had been elected to the post yet and that the candidacy of Israel Arroyo, a person of great confidence to Minister Escrivá, was just a rumour.
After the publication of the news and the subsequent resignation of Juan Rodríguez Poo while the Government was planning his dismissal, from the political opposition -especially from the PP and Ciudadanos- criticism accumulated for what they called an attempt at “political control”. ” of the statistical agency by the Government.
Finally, the name chosen by Vice President Calviño can neutralize criticism from both parties, since Elena Manzanera has a long career in statistics, which reinforces the technical profile for the position, and because she was elected to the coalition executive of both right-wing formations in the Junta de Andalucía to direct their regional statistics institute.