Alice Lopez |
Madrid (EFE) and turn the page to an internal crisis closed in false.
All the surveys predict the virtual disappearance of the oranges from the institutions in the May elections, predicting that they will retain little of the more than 2,500 councilors and 178 mayors that they currently have apart from the 65 regional deputies (of them, six in Catalonia , who does not attend these elections).
A bleak panorama is presented that falls on a party that has been deeply touched internally because it has not been able to overcome the wounds generated by the refoundation Assembly and the clash over the leadership maintained by Edmundo Bal and the list supported by Inés Arrimadas.
This has left the parliamentary group in Congress broken, the only visibility scenario that practically remains for the oranges.
Since Adrián Vázquez and Patricia Guasp took over the reins of Ciudadanos a month ago, Bal, one of the fundamental pieces of the Congress group, has been cornered, although on paper he continues to appear as deputy spokesperson.
The group has split in two and they hardly speak to each other, on the one hand the former leader Inés Arrimadas and Guillermo Díaz, a member of the new leadership of Cs, and, on the other hand, the other seven deputies, including Bal, who has not returned to since then give a press conference in the Chamber.
In this context, the deputies aligned with the State lawyer continue to carry out their parliamentary work as up to now, even knowing that they no longer have a political career, but what they do not seem willing to do is get involved in the electoral campaign if they are called to do it, at most – some say – they will go to make a bulge.
Most of them plan to hold out until the end of the legislature, “because that’s what they were elected for,” they tell EFE, but there is a case in which they are considering leaving the seat early, although no decision has been made. a deadline.
The role of Villacis
Apart from being uncomfortable with how the leadership is protecting parliamentary work, they are also quite upset by the fact that the Executive has not made a firm decision with the deputy mayor of Madrid, Begoña Villacís, after her dalliances with the PP.
They believe that she should have been filed instead of confirming her as a candidate for the capital and on top of that without having obtained all the necessary guarantees.
Other sources from the old management justify it by pointing out that “like it or not, Villacís is the main asset in Madrid.”
Meanwhile, the drip of dropouts in Cs continues, many with their eyes on the PP. The last one, yesterday, that of the only president of a Provincial Council in Spain from his party, Francisco Javier Requejo from Zamora.
He leaves the party, but not the seat with the intention of running for the Zamora Mayor’s Office for a new regional party, Zamora Sí.
In this hectic context for the oranges, the candidates will present themselves tomorrow in an act that will take place at the Fernando de los Ríos Cultural Center, in Madrid, with which the party is already in the pre-campaign and will do so by focusing on defending the young people, families and the middle classes, “all those who support the State and receive nothing in return”, as the Secretary General has summarized.
Predictably, the candidate from Aragon will be missing because it has not yet been resolved whether there will be primaries or a consensus candidacy, among other things because they are still trying to form the candidacy for the city of Zaragoza after the vice mayor, Sara Fernández, has not ruled out passing the PP and the other five councilors have communicated that they will not repeat.