The provincial president of the Popular Party of Granada, Francisco Rodriguez, has confirmed this Tuesday that his group in the Granada city council, made up of six councilors, has left the coalition government team that for two years has been chaired by Ciudadanos. The Mayor ‘orange’ Luis Salvador remains in a delicate situation given that one of its councilors, Manuel Olivares, will also announce the same measure. The regidor is left alone with two other councilors in a local government with three members.
The crisis is motivated by the PP claim, which has the support of its national and regional directorates, to become mayor for the second half of the term, with the same balance of forces (PP and CS with external support from Vox) as for two years. Luis Salvador refuses to rotate, alluding to the pact that made him “mayor for four years,” as he insists, between the national leaderships of both formations.
The crisis was triggered on May 26 by the now non-attached councilor Sebastián Pérez, a former leader of the PP. That day, who aspired to mayor for the party that came to preside for almost three decades, abandoned his training and He threatened a vote of no confidence (which could even lead the socialist Paco Cuenca to the mayor’s office) if there was no rotation in the mayor’s office in favor of the PP that the PP itself had tried to ignore for two years.
Few hours after this announcement, the popular provincial leadership signed up to demand the rotation. Since then, the mayor has taken office with the explicit support of the regional and national directorates of Citizens.
The departure of the local government of the PP, leaves on wet paper the regional stability agreement in the Junta de Andalucía and the rest of the institutions of the region signed by the regional directorates of PP and Citizens after the motion of censure in Murcia. The popular regional leadership expressly supports the movement of his party in this province to regain the mayoralty of Granada.
Despite the PP’s move to leave the local government, a hypothetical resignation of Luis Salvador would not guarantee a coalition government chaired by the popular Luis González. Taking Vox’s votes for granted, Everything would depend on the sense of the vote of the non-attached councilor Sebastián Pérez, who has already announced that he would only vote as mayor of the PP for his friend Paco Fuentes. The PP responded a few days ago that it would not accept this condition, which it considers blackmail. If this circumstance occurred, Pérez’s abstention would cause the socialist Paco Cuenca to be invested as mayor.