Xavier Garcia Albiol he could lose the mayor of Badalona again in the same way that, on two occasions, separatists and socialists unseated him despite winning at the polls. The opposition is orchestrating a motion of no confidence against the mayor, of the Popular Party, after the appearance of his name in the Pandora Papers, as revealed this Wednesday LaSexta News and The country. As OKDIARIO has learned, this very night, Guanyem Badalona, the party of the former mayor and leader of the CUP in the Parliament Dolors Sabater, has conveyed to the PSC that they are willing to make their candidate mayor, Ruben Guijarro, for nothing. With the sole objective of kicking Albiol out.
The popular, who was mayor between 2011 and 2015, won the elections of that year but could not revalidate the position due to a losers’ pact, he supported the separatist Sabater. In 2019 the play was repeated, although at the last minute the socialist Alex Pastor, which was the third party with the most support at the polls, won the mayoralty. He had to resign in May 2020 after being arrested by the Mossos d’Esquadra, in Barcelona, driving under the influence of alcohol after skipping confinement. Unlike what had happened with his election, a little over a year ago, minority groups could not reach an agreement and that allowed Xavier García Albiol and his ten councilors to regain control of the Catalan city. Something that neither the separatists nor the socialists have ever assumed.
Since he returned to the head of the mayor’s office as the residents of Badalona wanted, as reflected in the municipal ballot boxes in the last local elections, the opposition has not stopped looking for excuses to throw him out of the consistory. The publication now of his alleged relationship with a Offshore based in Belize already closed, which he himself has confirmed but which he maintains in his personal activity without any relationship with either the town hall he presides or with the PP, has once again put on the table a motion of censure which, according to the information to the that this newspaper has had access at the end of the day, it has signs of prospering. Albiol, according to popular sources, has no intention of resigning as required and recalls that he did not defraud the Public Treasury at any time, since that company of which he was the owner had no activity.
However, the PSC has seen a vein in the controversy to try to recover in the offices a city that, in recent years, has only won with political filibustering. So much so that the leader of the party in Catalonia, the former minister Salvador Illa, He has traveled to the city shortly after hearing the news to shelter his spokesperson. The first time that the socialist Pastor came to the mayor’s office was with a motion of censure against Dolors Sabater and the second, before his resignation, because as now they forced the separatists to support his candidacy with the speech of fear against Albiol. Without evident support at the polls, its current leader, Rubén Guijarro, now wants to be mayor with another motion of no confidence.