Seville, May 20 (EFE).- Although in general they have more detractors than defenders, for one reason or another most of the parties in Andalusia have participated in the so-called “unnatural” pacts and in motions of censure during the mandate in the municipalities that began in 2019, a “variable geometry” that affected important cities such as Granada and Linares (Jaén).
In Granada, the current councilor, Francisco Cuenca, recovers the mayoralty for the PSOE in July 2021 with the support of United We Can and two councilors until then from Ciudadanos, including Luis Salvador.
The latter precedes Cuenca in office thanks to a pact between Cs and PP -by which each party would have the mayoralty for two years-, which ended up being broken due to Salvador’s refusal to cede the baton to the popular.
In the province of Granada, there have been “unnatural” pacts in Pinos Puente, where an agreement with Ciudadanos in 2019 gave the IU the mayor’s office, which ousted the socialist Enrique Medina as councilor.
Ogijares, Linares, Casabermeja…
In Ogíjares, Estéfano Polo returned the mayoralty to the PP with a municipal government made up of popular, Cs and Podemos. While in La Zubia Purificación López (PSOE) became councilor due to a motion of no confidence in the mayoress, Inmaculada Hernández (PP). Who had had partners in Ganar La Zubia en Común and Ciudadanos.
In Linares (Jaén), last July, the PSOE ousted Cs from its main local government in Andalusia. In a city (56,500 inhabitants) plunged into a deep socioeconomic crisis, whose mayorship is held by Javier Perales.
The motion of no confidence against the mayor, Raúl Caro-Accino (Cs), prospered with the votes in favor of the PSOE, IU and CILU Linares. They voted against Cs, PP and Linares Primero.
More recently, in Malaga, last April the PP became mayor of Casabermeja for the first time. Thanks to the agreement reached with the IU, when a motion of censure against the PSOE prospered to divide the municipal government between the two parties.
Pedro Hernández, spokesman for the PP in the City Council and until now first deputy mayor, became the new councilor of Casabermeja, replacing Antonio Artacho, from IU. That he had taken over these past few months.
Another more unprecedented event was the one that occurred in the municipality of Málaga de Tolox. Where in the last municipal elections the PP and PSOE tied at 603 votes and wanted to resolve the conflict with a coin toss.
Although the possibility was raised that it was a coin that elucidated the victory in the elections, the Electoral Law only establishes that it must be decided by lottery. Without specifying its format, and finally it was decided to choose a random ballot, in which the PP won the mayoralty.
In the last elections, in Torremolinos (Málaga) the PP obtained nine councilors compared to eight for the PSOE. Although the socialists took over the mayor’s office thanks to the support of a mayor who left Vox, Lucía Cuín; that of the councilor of Por Mi Pueblo, Avelina González, and that of the three from Adelante Andalucía.
But in December 2021, the PP seized the mayoralty from the PSOE. After a motion of no confidence and Margarita del Cid took the lead as mayoress.
In the province of Seville, where the PSOE has governed in most of the town halls, the Socialists have signed several government or investiture pacts. In most cases with the support of Ciudadanos, parties that have also agreed on the budgets in the City Hall of the Seville capital.
The towns of Benacazón and La Roda de Andalucía have been the most significant cases. In the first, the mayoress of the PSOE, Juana Mari Carmona, governed together with the IU and was dismissed in a motion of no confidence promoted by the PP, Cs and IU after confirming that the Prosecutor’s Office requested eight years of disqualification for her.
Oropesa, Lora, La Rambla…
The motion of no confidence – the first of the legislature in the province – was debated in July 2021. And Pedro Oropesa (PP) was invested as mayor.
In La Roda, the PP and Adelante Andalucía reached a government pact to govern each of the parties for two years. Meanwhile, another motion of no confidence unseated the mayor of the PP, Antonio Enamorado, in Lora del Río, with the votes of the PSOE, IU and two PP councilors who left the party.
The only pact against nature that occurred in Córdoba was resolved in October 2021 on La Rambla. The PSOE had achieved five councilors, one of the absolute majority. But Decide, IU and PP allied against the Socialists to take over the Mayor’s Office.
A subsequent negotiation allowed the motion of no confidence to go ahead and that agreement to three was broken. Recovering the pact of the left, which allows the most voted PSOE or IU list to govern in each municipality. EFE