The PSOE and the PP have agreed that Ángel Gabilondo will be the next Ombudsman, in the negotiations recently started to renew this and three other institutions as soon as possible (Constitutional Court, Court of Accounts and Data Protection Agency). In addition, progress is also being made in unblocking the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ).
The name of Ángel Gabilondo was on the table also before, “in the different stages” in which both parties have dialogued for this renewal process, confirm sources from the leadership of the PP, who give the go-ahead to the proposal.
Gabilondo will replace Francisco Fernández Marugán, a 75-year-old former socialist deputy who has held this position in office since July 2017, after the former popular deputy Soledad Becerril left the post after completing her five-year term.
Gabilondo was rector of the Autonomous University of Madrid (2002-2009), Minister of Education during the Government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero (2009-2011) and last May he resigned his act as deputy of the PSOE in the Assembly after suffering a debacle against Isabel Díaz Ayuso (PP).
Approval of the PP
The popular ones accept that the Ombudsman is represented by a “politician & rdquor ;, because“ this has always happened & rdquor ;. In the last three cases, for example, they were people with long runs in the two main parties: Soledad Becerril (PP, 2012-2017), María Luisa Llano Cava (PP, 2010-2012) and Enrique Múgica (PSOE, 2000-2010). At the moment, the socialist Francisco Fernández Marugán, Becerril’s deputy, is in charge of the institution. Acts in office, since the mandate of the former delegate expired in 2017.
The conservatives have proposed, for their part, the name of the deputy although they have not wanted to reveal it. They do not want to close anything until the entire negotiation is completed. The conversations between the Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños, and the general secretary of the PP, Teodoro García Egea, continue. According to sources from the two teams, they have managed to establish a “fluid” relationship that is beginning to amend the lack of institutional dialogue between the Executive and the main opposition party. They don’t just meet face to face. Mobile to mobile messages are constant.
Bolaños and García Egea pledged to make public the names they have chosen this week. As published by this newspaper on Monday, the talks are also addressing how to unblock the CGPJ, which has expired for almost three years. The crux is that they must reach a meeting point between the PP, which asks for a reliable commitment that the organic law will be changed so that 12 of the 20 members of the CGPJ are elected by themselves, and the PSOE, which resists modify the rule already although it is open to debate possible changes.
In any case, this renewal that is going to be carried out now must be addressed with the 1985 law. Any legal change would affect the next renewal process, in 2026.