Mercedes Roldós is the new delegate of the Spanish Government in the Canary Islands. Roldós, who was until now a senator appointed by the Parliament of the Canary Islands, replaces Enrique Hernández Bento. Bento who has been embroiled in recent controversy over his methods, had replaced his sister Maria del Carmen Hernandez Bento, just one year ago. According to the Spanish press there is suggestion of internal issues within the PP (Partido Popular) here in the Canary Islands.
Roldós, born on 6 March, 1956 in Mugardos (A Coruña), is married and has a daughter, and a degree in Medicine and Surgery. She has served, among other positions, as Minister of Health for the Government of the Canary Islands between 2007 and 2010.
Roldós is the tenth government delegate to have been appointed in 32 years. She is the fourth woman to take on this role.
The Government delegate (Delegado del Gobierno) is the representative of the Spanish State on the Islands.