PP: Acebes & Zaplana out, Camps & Aguirre in

The PP has had a change of leadership. As predicted, this has involved the sidelining of Angel Acebes and Eduardo Zaplana. The new members of what Rajoy is calling his ‘own team’ are to be la niƱa de Rajoy, Francisco Camps (president of the Comunitat Valenciana) and Esperanza Aguirre (president of the Comunidad de Madrid). Both Camps and Aguirre lead PP strongholds which gained seats in the recent election,

This isn’t a shift towards the centre, mind. Aguirre and Camps are both plenty right-wing when they want to be. Check out Graeme’s obssesive enlightening series of posts about Aguirre if you want a better idea of how she ticks.

Meanwhile, the final final final (pero que finales, eh?) results are in and CiU lost a seat to the PP. This is apparently due to the postal vote taking ages to arrive (what?! in Spain?! surely not!). This leaves CiU on 10 seats in the parliament. They’re still talking about a pact between CiU and the PSOE but I somehow doubt it. That would mean alliance in Madrid but opposition in Barcelona, which would be a pretty unsatisfactory situation for everyone, parlicularly the electorate. By the way, check out this post (in Spanish) about the peculiarities of the Spanish electoral system and how it encourages a sort of bi-partisan situation. This image in particular is interesting, as it shows how many seats the IU might have if a different system were adopted. Give you a clue: it’s seven times as many as they have now.

One thought on “PP: Acebes & Zaplana out, Camps & Aguirre in

  1. Well it’s not very clear how Espe will figure in Rajoy’s team. What’s revealing about the accounts of the meeting the other day is just how much Rajoy resents Aguirre’s attempts to replace him. He made very pointed remarks about being independent of certain “medios de comunicaciĆ³n” and there was also his “he or she who wants to stand against me is welcome to do so” challenge. I don’t think she’ll be in his inner circle and for once I don’t blame him. You can never turn your back when Espe’s around.

    BTW, I’ve posted a couple of diagrams on the elctoral system which I think leave things fairly clear.

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