Right-wing pact for An­dalu­cia

PP reaches sep­a­rate agree­ments with cen­trists Ci­u­dadanos and ex­treme-right wing party Vox

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - SPAIN NEWS - By James Parkes [email protected]­news.es

THE PP party has reaches two sep­a­rate agree­ments, with cen­trists Ci­u­dadanos and far-right wing party Vox, which will al­low PP can­di­date Juanma Moreno Bonilla to be­come the new An­dalucían pres­i­dent - and end al­most 40 years of so­cial­ist party rule in the re­gion.

The right-wing party reached a coali­tion agree­ment with Ci­u­dadanos that will see its can­di­date Juan Marín be­come vi­cepres­i­dent and also han­dle key de­part­ments in­clud­ing econ­omy, em­ploy­ment, ed­u­ca­tion, equal rights and a new de­part­ment in charge of re­duc­ing the ex­ces­sive amount of civil ser­vants.

While ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween PP and Ci­u­dadanos have been pretty easy and have re­sulted in a rul­ing coali­tion, the PP still re­quired the votes of Vox to en­sure Sr Moreno would be voted in with an over­all ma­jor­ity.

Late on Wed­nes­day night, a dif­fi­cult agree­ment was fi­nally reached with the ex­treme-right wingers.

Vox had ini­tially pre­sented a list 19 con­di­tions to sup­port the PP - a list that was ini­tially re­garded as 'un­ac­cept­able' by the PP.

While Ci­u­dadanos have re­fused to en­ter talks with Vox, the PP ac­cepted a ne­go­ti­a­tion.

Vox's lists went from the ac­com­plish­able sup­port to bull­fight­ing and hunt­ing, and the 'a la carte' ed­u­ca­tion ac­cord­ing to par­ents val­ues, to the de­mand to elim­i­nate all sub­si­dies for do­mes­tic vi­o­lence asso­ciations, the scrap­ping of na­tional anti­gen­der vi­o­lence laws and the im­me­di­ate de­por­ta­tion of 52,000 im­mi­grants in An­dalucía.

The ex­treme right-wingers have also de­manded the re­gional day is changed from Fe­bru­ary 28 (Dia de An­dalucía) to Jan­uary 2 to com­mem­o­rate the Chris­tian re­con­quer­ing of Spain with the vic­tory over the Moor­ish troops by the Catholic Mon­archs at Granada.

Vox also de­mands ed­u­ca­tion, jus­tice, se­cu­rity and health au­thor­i­ties are handed back over to cen­tral gov­ern­ment.

In the end, the PP has com­pro­mised and ac­cepted some of the ac­com­plish­able de­mands by Vox such as ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem changes, the sup­port of bull­fight­ing and re­gional cus­toms (fla­menco, Easter) and the open­ing of a new fam­i­lies de­part­ment in the re­gional gov­ern­ment.

The agree­ment has been crit­i­cized by many within the PP party it­self and Ci­u­dadanos con­tin­ues to deny a three-way coali­tion.

Juanma Moreno EFE

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