First Minister Carwyn Jones names new Cabinet

Carwyn Jones has been officially sworn in as First Minister for Wales and has named his new Cabinet.

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Elin Jones is new Assembly Presiding Officer

Ceredigion AM Elin Jones has been elected the new Presiding Officer of the National Assembly.

She defeated her Plaid Cymru colleague Dafydd Elis-Thomas by 34 votes to 25. There was one abstention.

The Presiding Officer holds significant powers and responsibilities that make the position the single most important office in the National Assembly for Wales.

The role shapes every aspect of the Assembly – from its day-to-day operation, the routine management of business, to its development as the primary democratic institution in Wales, its position in the constitution of the UK and its standing in the eyes of the public.

In paying tribute to her predecessor Elin Jones AM said: “Dame Rosemary Butler has been an excellent ambassador for the Assembly over the past five years."

She has broken down barriers to participation in the democratic process in Wales, particularly amongst women through her Women in Public Life campaign; for young people by placing them firmly at the centre of Assembly business and created more opportunities to hold the Welsh Government to account.

I look forward to building on her the success she has had in making the work that we, as Assembly Members, do here at the Senedd.

– Elin Jones AM, Presiding Officer for Wales

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