Updated 20 June: They had the numbers, and now it really does seem that after nearly three decades in opposition, the PSOE will form the next regional Government of the Canary Islands, evicting Coalición Canarias, the nationalist party which has governed the archipelago for the past 26 years. In sweeping changes which have also seen historic power switches in La Laguna and Santa Cruz Ayuntamientos, the new Parliament will be convened on Tuesday, and pending only an official announcement on Saturday, today’s unveiling of a pact between the PSOE, Nueva Canarias, Podemos and the Agrupación Socialista Gomera will see the power base in the Canaries alter in a fundamental way, one that’s reinforced by there also being a Socialist Government in power in Madrid. The times they are a-changin’.

Updated 15 June: The horse-trading still continues, incredibly, to determine which party governs the Canaries, or rather which coalition will govern the islands because no single party has an outright majority, but one result is in, and it is an incredible one. Coalición Canarias, the nationalist party in control of Santa Cruz Ayuntamiento for forty years, has lost the borough, and the PSOE have taken it thanks to support from Ciudadanos and Podemos. As I said in last month’s post below, the CC retained Santa Cruz though without an absolute majority for mayor Bermúdez. He needed to form pacts to govern, but following the breakdown of coalition talks with the conservative PP, it was the PSOE which was able to seize control. The new mayor of Santa Cruz is Patricia Hernández, the first woman to govern the city, and the first Socialist to do so in modern democratic post-Franco Spain.

In La Laguna, too, there has finally been a change of power. As I said below, the PSOE believed, almost without being able to believe it, that they’d unseated the CC and, in the end thanks to coalition pacts with Podemos and Avante La Laguna, the PSOE was actually able to take control of the municipality whose new mayor is now Luis Yeray Gutiérrez.

Source: Janet Anscombe 

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