Arrimadas cools the primaries in Andalusia to choose the candidate for the Junta

The weakness in which Citizens find themselves, after the poor results in Catalonia and the Community of Madrid and the fiasco of the motion of censure in the Region of Murcia, advises not to open more internal fronts. This is what they think from Andalusia, the most populated community in Spain, governed in coalition by PP and Ciudadanos, where the formation led by Inés Arrimadas still has a parliamentary group of 21 deputies. Arrimadas, held a meeting with the Andalusian parliamentarians on Monday and there listened to the requests of some of them to clearly close ranks around the vice president of the Board and regional coordinator of the party, Juan Marín, as a candidate for the presidency of the Board .

On a previous visit to Andalusia, last January, Arrimadas avoided giving his express support to Marín as a candidate and left the decision in the hands of the militants of his party through primaries. Her response was interpreted as a disdain for the vice president, who did not accompany her in her interview with the president of the Board, Juan Manuel Moreno, and later with the mayor of Seville, Juan Espadas.

But that happened before the successive electoral defeats of Ciudadanos and Murcia’s stumble, which generated debates in the national leadership in which Marín combined his support for Arrimadas with a request for internal changes from which he ended up being reinforced.

At the meeting held this Monday with the parliamentary group at the headquarters of the Andalusian Chamber, the Minister of Education and member of the national executive of Cs, Javier Imbroda, has asked to leave the primary elections out of the debate and bet on Marín as a candidate to the presidency of the Board, according to what several attendees of the meeting told EL PAÍS. Imbroda’s opinion is that the internal elections wear out and “mislead” the leaders at a time when the orange formation should dedicate itself to explaining to the voters its management in the Board. This opinion in favor of Marín has been joined by other deputies such as Juan de Dios Sánchez López and Ana Llopis, who have stressed that some of the internal problems of Cs would be solved if they had already decided on their candidate.

According to the sources consulted, Arrimadas has not responded clearly in favor of Marín, but he has advocated ending the internal debates, which has led the majority of the group to interpret that the leader of Cs is not now about to open a primary process. “There is no desire to fuss,” said one of the sources.

In this meeting, the Minister of Equality, Rocío Ruiz, pointed out by many as a rival of Marín in a primary, has not taken the floor. Every time he has been asked, Ruiz has not ruled out taking that step when the time comes, taking refuge in the fact that his priority is his work in the Government. Marín sought a remodeling of the Andalusian Government to dismiss the Minister of Equality, an operation that did not have the approval of the President of the Board.

The meeting, which lasted barely an hour, was also attended by the general secretary of Cs, Marina Bravo, who in another informal meeting heard requests about the need to make changes in the parliamentary group.

In a subsequent press appearance, Arrimadas has not eluded the primary process in her party and has shown her appreciation and support for Marín del has been “very proud” of her work on the Board. The president of Ciudadanos has guaranteed compliance with the coalition agreement with the PP in Andalusia until the end of the legislature and in reference to the pressure from Vox to advance the elections, she has said: “They will have to explain why so much desire to do the fall of a government that has taken us 40 years to form, which brings this modernity, openness, fresh air ”.

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