Alfonso Fernández Mañueco has been invested this Monday as president of Castilla y León thanks to the agreement reached with Vox, with whom he will govern in a coalition “without complexes” for the next four years. The two formations make history in this community and the extreme right enters for the first time in an autonomous government in Spain in a before and after in the relations between PP and Vox.
The ‘popular’ leader has claimed that said pact seeks “stability for the entire legislature” and “embodies the only viable alternative to avoid an electoral repetition that nobody wanted”, in the face of criticism from the opposition, who accuse him of “opening the door to the extreme right” and give “shelter to racism and homophobia without flinching”.
The investiture of Mañueco has gone ahead in the first round thanks to the 31 votes in favor of the PP and 13 of Vox, thus adding 44 attorneys, three above the parliamentary majority in the Cortes of Castilla y León. Against, the 28 solicitors of the PSOE, the 3 of the Union of the Leonese People (UPL), the 3 of Soria ¡Ya! and the respective votes of the representatives of United We Can, Citizens and Por Ávila. In total, 37 votes against and no abstentions.
In this way, the coalition of the PP and Vox opens the door to a scenario that until then was unknown and that will test the management capacity of the party chaired by Santiago Abascal, which until now had only given occasional support to other executives. At the same time, it will be the first coalition government forged in the stage of Alberto Núñez Feijóo at the head of the PP, after having considered the greatest crisis in the party’s history over, and which resulted in the departure of Pablo Casado.
Precisely Feijóo has been the great absentee of the appointment in the Cortes of Castilla y León, where the second vice president of the Congress of Deputies, Ana Pastor, has attended on behalf of the PP. The president of Vox, Santiago Abascal, has also been present, who has maintained upon arriving at the Cortes that “there is no doubt of the support” of the leader of the national PP for the coalition government and has justified his absence due to scheduling problems. In statements to the media, Abascal has been convinced that the Government of Castilla y León is going to have “many enemies”, since in his opinion it represents a “great hope” for millions of Spaniards who observe that an “alternative” is possible. for all of Spain.
Mañueco promises a “solid” government and asks not to have “prejudices”
The investiture debate has begun with the intervention of Mañueco without a time limit, where he has presented the main lines of the agreement with Vox, with special emphasis on issues such as tax reductions, the integration of a Concord law into the Law of Memory Historical or support for the law against gender violence, which will be joined by a law to combat domestic violence, an express request from Vox. It is, he said, an agreement that will allow guarantee “four years of stability” for the Community and that it will be “beneficial” to improve “our democratic quality”.
The ‘popular’ leader has defended that the pact with Vox reflects “the will” of the voters, since the sum of both makes up the majority of the Chamber. And, with this task, he has thanked the role of Vox, personalized in its regional leader, Juan García-Gallardo, who will become vice president and with whom, he has said, he will work “without complexes” and as “a pineapple”.
The new Executive will be made up of 10 ministries, which remain practically unchanged with respect to the previous government of the PP and Ciudadanos. However, that of Transparency is integrated into the Ministry of the Presidency, while that of Development and the Environment is divided into two: on the one hand, Environment, Housing and Territorial Planning and, on the other, Mobility and Digital Transformation.
García-Gallardo promises loyalty to Mañueco in his government
For his part, the future vice president of the Junta de Castilla y León thanked Mañueco for having “meeted up” and recognized, “despite the great pressure received”, the place where the citizens had placed PP already Vox. “You can rest easy. This time you can count on a loyal partnerwith whom you will be able to disagree, yes, but whose sincerity you will always be able to put to the test, without fear of being betrayed”, guaranteed García Gallardo.
The also spokesman for the Vox Parliamentary Group has defended the terms of the pact reached between the two parties, as “proof of maturity” of both political formations, which, as it has meant, have accepted that the negotiations “are not a contest to reach victory or defeat” but rather “a success in which the only winners are the Castilians and the Leonese”. That said, he has admitted that the willingness to reach agreements and the conservation of his own principles are not incompatible elements and he has been convinced that the difference in principles between PP and Vox, as the PP candidate has also assumed, will not prevent reach agreements for the benefit of Castilians and Leonese.
PSOE, Podemos and Cs denounce that the PP “has opened the door to the extreme right”
Criticism, however, has been widespread from opposition groups. The PSOE, United We Can and Citizens have charged against Mañueco for “capitulating to the extreme right” and give “shelter to racism and homophobia without flinching”. “You will pay before history for it,” warned the socialist leader, Luis Tudanca, who has begged you “not to market equality and women’s rights” and “not to squander the law to fight violence against gender”.
More critical has been the attorney for United We Can, Pablo Fernández, who has accused PP and Vox of signing “the pact of infamy, the agreement with the incarnation of Nazism.” While the one who was his government partner and vice president of the regional Executive, Francisco Igea, has accused him of “introduce the green plague into institutions“, in reference to Vox, and even to “whiten him”. “You seem converted already. Their partners are deniers, and they have been put into the government to protect us,” she said.
The leaders of the Union of the Leonese People (UPL), Luis Mariano Santos; from Soria ¡Ya!, José Ángel Ceña, and from Por Ávila, Pedro Pascual, who have reproached him for the lack of concrete measures and have said they feel “forgotten and abandoned” by the regional government.