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Espinosa Out, Arana In as Spanish Regulator

Espinosa Out, Arana In as Spanish Regulator

Last month, a surprising leadership change removed Juan Espinosa as Spain’s top gaming regulator and replaced him with Mikel Arana.

Arana was appointed director-general of the DGOJ, an appointment that was made public when it was published in the May 5 Ministerial Gazette.

Espinosa held the senior position for three years and spent a total of eight years with the DGOJ. Arana is a former MP for the Basque autonomous community, and most recently served as regional leader of Izquierda Unida (the United Left), Spain’s socialist coalition for the Basques.

Arana’s appointment was reported personally ordered by Alberto Garzon, Spain’s minister of consumer affairs, who himself is on order from the PSOE-Podemos coalition government to overhaul federal gaming laws.

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