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Màxim Huerta has gone from being television presenter and writer in Spain to Minister of Culture and former minister in less than seven days: he resigned after knowing that he defrauded 218,000 euros to the Treasury which he paid for it to the public coffers last year 366,000 euros.

The new Minister of Culture and Sports, José Guirao, former director of the Reina Sofía Museum, promised his position to the King fifteen hours later in a short ceremony, at Palacio de la Zarzuela and in the presence of the President of the Government, the socialist Pedro Sánchez, who thus closed the first remodeling of the new executive out of a motion of censure to the previous Popular Party government.

The Official State Gazette (BOE) published on Thursday the dismissal of Màxim Huerta as Minister of Culture and Sports, and the appointment in that same position of José Guirao, in two royal decrees dated June 13, 2018.

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“And to defend what you love, sometimes you have to retire. And I do that. Because I love culture and that’s why I retire. And there are times when you have to retire and I love culture very much. I leave with the same humility, I assure you, with which I arrived here seven days ago.”


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Question 1
En el MP3, Màxim Huerta...  
está hablando de su dimisión.
está hablando de toda su carrera profesional.
está hablando de la cultura del país.
Question 2
Según el MP3, Huerta...  
afirma que deja su cargo para dedicarse a la cultura.
dice que abandona el cargo porque ama la cultura.
dice que no deja su cargo por la cultura.
Question 3
Huerta ha sido ministro de Cultura...  
durante un par de días.
durante siete meses.
durante una semana.
Question 4
En el MP3, Huerta piensa que nunca hay que retirarse.  
No se sabe.
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