The socialist debacle in the 4-M elections has left the party headless in the Community of Madrid: on the afternoon of this Thursday, its general secretary, José Manuel Franco, resigned, and its candidate, Ángel Gabilondo, announced that he will not collect his minutes in the Assembly. With this panorama, a management commission will assume the reins of the party and the parliamentary group will have to choose a spokesperson capable of facing both Isabel Díaz Ayuso (PP) and the rise of Más Madrid, who will lead the opposition in the Chamber.
The first movement was the resignation of Franco, leader of the Madrid Socialists since 2017, who resigned so that “the bad result in the elections of the Community of Madrid is not used to attack the Socialist Party and the Government of Spain“, as reported by the party in a note. His resignation came after accumulating critical voices demanding that someone assume responsibilities and just 24 hours after, before the party’s Executive in Madrid, Franco refused to take a step back.
At a press conference in Ferraz, the Secretary of the Federal Organization, José Luis Ábalos, thanked Franco “for his loyalty, his commitment and his work,” and argued that resigns to “not condition” the “new time” which opens for the PSOE in Madrid. The party is now in the hands of a management commission, whose composition will be known soon, and which will lead the Madrid federation until the next Congress is called.
Ábalos also confirmed that Gabilondo – admitted this Thursday for a mild heart problem – will not collect his deputy certificate in the Assembly. The Organization Secretary praised the candidate, who “took office at a very difficult time in 2015”, who won in 2019 and who “took up again” the challenge of attending an electoral process when Ayuso decided to advance the elections.
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