A month after the departure of the councilors of the PP and part of the Citizens of the government team, which left the City Council with only two people in command of Granada, the plenary session of the council has elected a new mayor on Wednesday. And, against the forecasts of the popular, it has been the PSOE candidate Francisco Cuenca, the most voted list, who has achieved the baton of command. The socialist candidate has added the 10 votes of his group, the three of IU-UP and, although the vote has been secret, judging by the figures, those of the former mayor, Luis Salvador, and his only faithful councilor, José Antonio Huertas, both still militants of Ciudadanos. Those 15 votes in a corporation of 27 councilors have, in fact, accounted for slightly more than the absolute majority (14 votes).
Juan Espadas, mayor of Seville and PSOE candidate for the Junta de Andalucía and next secretary general of the Andalusian PSOE, and Alfonso Gómez de Celis, first vice president of Congress for the PSOE.
Francisco Fuentes, the councilor who occupied number six on the list of the popular ones, was the PP candidate. Until 24 hours before the vote, it had 12 votes (six from the PP, three from non-attached councilors and three from Vox) committed to a signed document, according to the spokesperson for this formation in the city council, César Díaz. On Tuesday afternoon, Vox announced that it was leaving the agreement and that it would present its own candidate. However, in the end it has not been like that and there have only been two candidates, the socialist and the popular. The PP has added the support of Vox and the councilors who left the government team led by Luis Salvador. In mid-May Sebastián Pérez, from the PP, and on June 8, the rest of the popular councilors and Manuel Olivares and Lucía Garrido, from Ciudadanos.
The abandonment of Sebastián Pérez was the trigger for the municipal crisis in Granada. At a press conference he said “we have come this far” and announced that he was leaving his party and the local government. At the same time, he said that he would only support a popular candidate, Francisco Fuentes, and no one else. The PP needed that vote and passed over the mayors to elect Fuentes as a consensus candidate. But they did not count on the fact that Luis Salvador and José Antonio Huertas were not going to miss the affront of having created a major crisis in the consistory. Both have chosen to turn a deaf ear to popular proposals.
The resignation of the PP government team had as its objective a quick exit from Salvador and a recomposition of the government with a PP mayor. The script never became reality. Salvador took three weeks to resign. When he did, he announced his vote for the most voted list, the PSOE. In the last week, the national directorates of PP and Ciudadanos have negotiated – and agreed according to Ciudadanos – to present Huertas as mayor. That proposal was quickly rejected by Huertas himself and by Salvador, who acknowledged to this newspaper that his bet was still the PSOE as the most voted list. Finally, the PP’s search for the mayor’s cane has served to deliver it to the PSOE.