The XX National Congress of the PP, in which Alberto Núñez Feijóo will replace Pablo Casado as leader of the formation, started this Friday in Seville, with a first day when Casado says goodbye and in which Isabel Díaz Ayuso, the other protagonist of the unprecedented crisis that led to this conclave.
Under the slogan “We will do well”, they want to sew up the wounds left by a confrontation with crossed charges of espionage and lack of exemplification, and relaunch the PP as an alternative to the government.
With the same scenario in the background, Seville, the PP was inspired by its congress in 1990, which marked the culmination of its re-establishment and ordered José María Aznar, now to make a restart, “focused on freedom” and with a renewal by “addition” that counts “with everything” and will leave pictures of “unity and plural”.
At the presentation of the conclave, the president of the organizing committee, Esteban González Pons, reiterated that this congress workout “reset” and also that of the recovery of Spain.
“I would be lying if I said that the road has been easy. Today we open a stage that is not a redesign but almost a restart,” said the MEP for the more than 3,100 delegates gathered in the Palacio de Congresos in the Andalusian capital.
Farewell to Pablo Casado
The two elements that will draw the attention of this first day are the names of the dome representing Feijóo. will surroundafter hearing this Thursday that his bet is for the General Secretariat is Cuca Gamarra, and Pablo Casado’s farewell speech.
Prior to this farewell, scheduled for 6:30 pm, the PP will hold a conference at the Seville Conference and Exhibition Center (Fibes), where all the regional presidents of the party and the regional presidents will speak.
One of the most important appointments, at the beginning of the afternoon, will be when Cuca Gamarra, general coordinator since February 24, Casado went into the background, exposing the report of the outgoing management, replacing the general secretary, Teodoro García Egea, who resigned and who will succeed as number two.
Then the future leader of the PP, in his capacity as chairman of the Xunta, will moderate a table with the rest of the popular regional presidents, that is, those of Andalusia, the Community of Madrid, Castilla y León, Murcia and Ceuta.
It is the intervention of the head of the Madrid Executive that arouses the most interest, although Alfonso Fernández also has weight manueco because his inauguration at the head of the first coalition government of the PP and Vox, in Castilla y León, is still pending.
The former presidents of the government and the PP Jose Maria Aznar and Mariano Rajoy They will take the witness before giving the podium to Pablo Casado. The team from which he was elected leader of the PP in 2018 has not stepped up the main lines of his third retirement. In the second, before the National Governing Council, he assured that he did not deserve the reaction against him, but also that he did not hold a grudge.
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As for the rest, this Thursday in Santiago he emphasized that he has two speeches at the Congress, today and tomorrow, Saturday, to “concrete the important appointments, at least those of the leadership” and opened the door for the having members of the Xunta in executive secretariats.
On Saturday, Feijóo is appointed; on Sunday, to Gamarra
It will not be this Friday, but tomorrow, Saturday, when Feijóo will be elected president by the party’s deputies, on a day when EPP President Manfred Weber and European Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas, will participate, while the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, broke off the conversation.
In addition, the President of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, host of the conclave and protagonist of the first election poster of the Feijóo podium, will deliver a speech, which, for his part, will close the Congress with his second speech, with the same unknown about the names of his team.
The passage of the national PP through Seville ends in any case the Sundaywith the Executive Committee that will make the appointment of Gamarra as general secretary effective and it remains to be seen whether it will also confirm the election of the rest of the leadership of the new PP.