Balearic Chief Minister, Francesc Antich, said yesterday that the left-wing coalition has been “working against the clock” during its first year in government. “In many four-year terms there have never been as many important debates,” he said just a few days after his first anniversary in power. Antich blamed most of the serious and controversial problems his government is having to resolve on the “inactivity” of previous governments, such as the water crisis and the power problems; two major issues topping the political agenda along with the introduction of the highly controversial tourist tax and a bid to boost the region's image as a leading tourist destination. Antich admitted that the resignation of his first Agriculture Minister in May was a “blow,” but said that Joan Mayol suffered a series of “very personal” attacks because of the crisis facing the agricultural sector which has been caused by the worst drought to have hit the region since 1914. Antich also brushed aside the much publicised internal problems he has had with the Environment Minister, Margalida Rosselló, praising the great work she has done with regards to modifying and improving a new waste treatment plant “something the Partido Popular were incapable of doing in four years.” A year down the political path, Antich has no plans for a cabinet reshuffle adding that all of his ministers have “gone through bad patches, that's expected” but Antich is satisfied with the way the cabinet is working and believes that they are getting things done.


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