The leadership of the PP ensures that it is not the time to address these options, since the PP congress in Madrid will be held at the end of the first half of 2022
It’s not the moment. The national leadership of the PP does not want to talk, at least not yet, of single lists for the congress of the party in Madrid. The president of the Community, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, continues to demand day yes, day also that this internal process be carried out as soon as possible to prepare the municipal elections of May 2023. The week has started offering a unique list in which the mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, and the The answer has been short: the congress has not yet been convened and it is too early to talk about this matter. “We are not on it,” says a member of the leadership, shaking off the pressure.
In an interview on ‘Ok Diario’, Ayuso is asked if she would include Almeida on her list to lead the party in the region and she answers affirmatively. The question about the mayor is due to the fact that Almeida appears as a possible competitor of the Madrid leader in the primaries. He has not clarified what he will do, allowing Pablo Casado’s leadership to defend the supposed benefits of the “third way”: that is, for a third person to take the reins of the formation so that Ayuso and Almeida can become president and the mayor’s office, respectively.
“The board of directors has set deadlines and they will be met. From there, whoever wants to be presented to the congress will be able to present themselves to the congress. And whoever wins will have the closed support of the national leadership,” Pablo Montesinos, the deputy secretary of Communication from the party that has offered a press conference this afternoon in Genoa.
Montesinos did not want to comment on the possibility of closing the internal struggle on behalf of the Madrid PP even though the congress is held at the end of the first half of 2022, as decided by a national board of directors. Both the president of the Xunta de Galicia, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, and that of Andalusia, Juanma Moreno, have asked that the souffle be lowered due to this internal pulse because it is wearing down the party at a time when the PP was coming back in the polls.
The deputy secretary has alluded to the “unity” requested by the general secretary of the PP, Teodoro García Egea, this weekend at the PP congress in Castilla-La Mancha. “We all have to have the same objective: to forge that alternative that Spain needs so that Pedro Sánchez sees the exit door of Moncloa,” he indicated.