“It will be when the party decides and I will abide by it, because it is his thing. But if there are statutes and regulations, we all have to follow them.” This is how Isabel Díaz Ayuso insisted in her proposal that the congress of the PP in Madrid, which must choose a new direction, a process for which only the president of the regional government has run for the moment, be advanced and held “as soon as possible” . Ayuso has made these statements before the meetings of the main organs of the PP at the regional level and from where a calendar for the internal conclave should come out, in principle. The regional president has already considered it impossible to hold the conclave this year, as she wanted, and now she fights because it is before March 2022.
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“I am not here to pressure anything or anyone,” Ayuso told reporters at the door of the headquarters, on Madrid’s Genova street. A building that, as the National Court ruled this Thursday, was renovated with black money from the box B of the PP that managed the ex-treasurer Luis Bárcenas.
On the matter, Ayuso has tiptoed over: “I have enough trouble with mine to go to other areas, I am in the autonomous community.” A response that serves to verify the tension within the party and the risk that the conflict, which it seemed outdated in the national convention of the PP, in which Ayuso said in public that he has no intention of make the leap to state politics As long as Pablo Casado is at the helm, he becomes endangered and puts the supremacy of the right in Madrid at risk.
Ayuso insists that speeding up the internal congress is the logical thing to do. “It is not a matter of pressure, I hope it is held as soon as possible because it is the best for the programs, for the candidates, to gather the strength of the 4M and transfer it to the rest of the Community,” he assured. The Madrid president has tried to have a conciliatory tone. “If there is someone who has a discrepancy, I am obliged to convince him that this step that I am going to take is the best for the home“He has defended. For this he will have, he added,” all the patience. ”
“It is my responsibility that there are no divisions or that what has not existed to date is fed,” he has settled. He has also denied that he is promoting taking his party to court if the congress is ultimately proposed for a date after March 2022.
But the head of the Madrid Executive has not missed the opportunity to once again raise the state importance of her figure, her relevance in Spanish politics, at the same level as her head of ranks, Pablo Casado. “Right now Spain is looking at us and needs us,” he said. To add: “And of course it also needs the Community of Madrid to continue to be a political counterweight as it is today, and for that it is important to think about the end.”
To the meeting in Genoa has also attended by former President Esperanza Aguirre, who continues his fight with Pablo Casado in support of Isabel Díaz Ayuso. The ex-leader the PP of Madrid has demanded upon his arrival that there be “no more undue delays” and that the regional congress be convened as soon as possible.
“It must be borne in mind that both the law on political parties and the party statutes say that no more than four years can go by without the congress being convened. This party was condemned because an affiliate appealed the non-convocation of Congress in the 2015 and the Supreme Court agreed with him, because he said that the affiliates have to express themselves, “he assured.
The former Madrid leader has indicated that they have been in this situation for “a long time” and therefore has reiterated her criticism that the Congress that has not been held since 2017 is wanted to be delayed “even more”. “We did not convene the Congress, it has to to convene the National. The feeling of the Board of Directors will be clear, that four years are enough for them to be elected, “he declared.
The national leadership asks for unity around Casado
The meeting was also attended by leaders aligned to prevent Ayuso from concentrating great power in Madrid, something that in the past led the party to major internal fights. The first to speak upon his arrival was the mayor of the capital and spokesman for the executive of Pablo Casado. José Luis Martínez Almeida has defended that the result of the May 4 elections is not only due to Ayuso, but also to “the work of the entire party.”
Its Councilor for Culture, Andrea Levy, has also pointed to the Madrid president, although without citing her. “Anyone who has other concerns other than that Casado is Prime Minister is wrong,” he said. “The most important thing is to remain exemplary and not controversial,” he concluded.
For his part, the Deputy Secretary of Communication, Pablo Montesinos, has stated that the party should “row all together so that Pablo Casado is president of the Government.”