The meeting between Pablo Casado and the territorial barons became the last episode of the agonizing internal crisis of the PP. And after two rounds of interventions and several hours of conclave, the agreement was reached through an official statement in which it was specified that Casado will continue to lead the party until the extraordinary congress of the April 2 and 3. promises in this way to abandon the direction of the popular from that conclave, which will give way to a new stage for which the entire party looks to Alberto Núñez Feijóo.
The agreement was possible because the two parties (the barons who demanded the immediate resignation and Casado, who resisted) yielded. The still leader of the PP guarantees that he will not appear at that congress and paves the way for the candidacy of unity around the president of the Xunta. Sources from Casado’s environment assure that he “has personally asked” Feijóo to take the step.
The statement was not easy to deliver and was only achieved after pressure from the territorial barons to ensure that he would resign.
The official countdown to his resignation is under way, although, as El Periódico de España, a newspaper belonging to the same group, Prensa Ibérica, has learned, during its speech this newspaper has defended “not understanding anything of what is happening”, nor the reasons that have ended up pushing him into this situation. The barons thought that in a couple of hours Casado’s resignation would be official. Right now it is assumed that “it will take longer than expected.” He has begun a second round of interventions that, according to reliable sources, “will be tougher than the first.” So hard that right now they demand that you sign your resignation in writing because they don’t trust him. “At this point words are not enough”point out popular sources.
The same sources emphasize their surprise at the words expressed by Casado and consider that “he could easily check what is happening just by walking around the street” to find out the degree of animosity that it produces or ask directly to the PP bases.
The president of the Xunta, Alberto Nunez Feijoo He has also confirmed to the rest of the party’s regional presidents his “willingness” to stand for the extraordinary congress of the party that will be convened in the National Board of Directors next Tuesday, as El Periódico de España has learned.
The trickle of territorial barons this afternoon at the gates of the national headquarters already sounded in unison: Casado must leave the presidency as soon as possible and give way to the new stage that he will lead Alberto Nunez Feijoo. There was not a single public fissure. With more or less forcefulness, the territorial leaders demanded forceful decisions after the meeting that all of them hold today from eight in the afternoon in Genoa. The only one great absentee is Isabel Díaz Ayuso, president of the Community of Madrid, who, not leading the Madrid PP, was not invited. In her place was Pío García Escudero, at the head of the party since the departure of Cristina Cifuentes without a congress through.
“When I say that Feijóo takes a step, it means that Casado takes it to the side”said the president of the Basque PP, Carlos Iturgaiz, another of the bets of the current popular leader for the Basque elections. Next came the leader of the PP of Castilla La-Mancha, Paco Nunezwhich was also very clear: “Drastic measures must be taken. I have never hidden that Feijóo is a benchmark for the party. We are going to listen to them both & rdquor ;.
As well Alfonso Fernandez-Manueco, president of Castilla y León, who is currently negotiating his future government: “We need a congress as quickly as possible and one of unity. If there is something in which public officials and the members of the PP agree, it is that Feijóo is a benchmark for everyone& rdquor ;, settled.
As well Carlos Mazonleader of the Valencian Community and close to Egea, who has also been requesting an extraordinary congress for two days, assured that “today is the day of unity, of working together and open a new stage“. Jose Antonio Monagostill leader of the popular Extremadurans, acknowledged that “for days” he has not spoken with Casado and that he should be the one to say if he resigns today.
Total loneliness in a few hours
His name is everywhere. As El Periódico de España reported last Friday, after the controversial internal crisis unleashed between the national leadership and the president of the Community, different territories began to organize with the aim no longer to cause the dismissal of Teodoro García Egea (who ended up resigning yesterday) but with the intention of kicking Casado out.
That movement lit the fuse throughout the game in a few hours and everything went to more the weekend. Casado and García Egea began to count on support among the provincial presidents, also counting on a majority of the parliamentary group in Congress. On Sunday, the demonstration in support of Ayuso brought together 3,000 people at the gates of Genoa, confirming a feeling that the different leaders in their respective territories had been warning about: the militancy and public officials demanded Casado’s immediate departure to revive the party.
The lace was the management committee on Monday and the total rejection of the deputies in Congress to the continuity of Casado this Tuesday, with a statement that left no doubt. Egea resigned and the party president wanted to attend Wednesday’s meeting from his position. It’ll be hard to keep it when it’s over.
Almost all the regional presidents who spoke were in the same line. One of those who later arrived, the Andalusian Juanma Moreno Bonilla, also stressed “the enormous political and management experience & rdquor; by Feijoo, “and a very good repetition & rdquor ;. After emphasizing “the enormous problem that the PP has right now & rdquor ;, he also wanted to give Casado air, recognizing his right to” give him his time & rdquor; because he “has been fighting for the party for three years & rdquor ;.
Moreno wanted to make it clear that “the solution is collective & rdquor; and “it does not depend only on a name & rdquor ;, although he reiterated again the need to “strengthen & rdquor; and the popular acronyms. Moreno Bonilla’s position, as published by this newspaper, is also in line with the point of view of the orbit of leaders who are currently taking the reins of the formation, convinced that “there is no need to be cruel & rdquor; with the departure of Casado and that the ideal would be agree on an exit good for the incumbent president tonight.
Fernando Lopez Miras, the president of Murcia and the last to arrive because of his agenda in the Murcian Parliament, made it clear that “the situation is not pleasant for anyone and requires a quick solution, based on consensus and unity.” And he cleared up the doubt, as he did the day before: “The solution is Feijóo”.