The former president of the Government José María Aznar will again campaign in support of the PP led by Pablo Casado after a few years away from political meetings with members and supporters. This will be done this Wednesday in Valencia with the candidate for the Presidency of the Generalitat, Isabel Bonig, and the mayoral candidate of Valencia María José Catalá.
These last weeks, in the tour of Spain presenting his new book 'The future is today', Aznar has asked for support for Casado appealing to the need to unify the constitutional vote in the Popular Party, before the fragmentation of the center-right space.
That was the message he conveyed last week in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, where he warned that "a process of unification is taking place in the left-secessionist and fragmentation in the constitutional part." Therefore, he called "the responsibility" to unite the constitutional vote around Casado.
"And I would not make this appeal if I did not believe that this is the case and that the Popular Party is the Popular Party, it is, and who represents it has all the qualities to be President of the Government," proclaimed Aznar. In fact, he warned that if this vote is not unified in the PP "there is a serious risk of losing the elections and, with that, the current constitutional system.
AZNAR SEES MARRIED "A LEADER LIKE A CASTLE"
This Wednesday, Aznar will reiterate that same message to affiliates and supporters of the PP attending the Valencia ceremony in which the president of the PP in the Valencian Community and the mayoral candidate of Valencia, María José Catalá, will intervene.
In this way, the president of the FAES foundation will also support the PP of this region, which will also hold its regional elections coinciding with the general elections on April 28. The event will take place at the Petxina sports-cultural complex starting at 8:00 p.m.
The former president of the Government, who participated last January in the National Convention of the PP, already defined Casado as a "leader like a castle" that does not have "guardianships or tuties", in reference to the words that founding president Manuel Fraga directed to Aznar himself in the party congress of 1990.
Aznar then made a parallel between the trajectory of Casado and his own 30 years ago, when a young man who was also then 37 years old and came from Ávila, took the reins of the Popular Party.
"That young man today is much smarter and knows much more about politics," proclaimed the former president, who admitted that "none" of his predecessors at the head of the PP – Aznar himself and Mariano Rajoy – had it "so difficult". Casado has recalled several times in public that difficulty to which Aznar pointed out in January.
AZNARISTS IN THE LISTS OF PP
The PP led by Casado has shown its full harmony these months with Aznar and as proof of this has included in its lists to numerous collaborators and exdirirgentes who worked in their governments or in FAES.
This is the case of the candidate for Barcelona, Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo, and the head of the cabinet of Casado and ex-councilor from Madrid, Javier Fernández-Lasquetty, who will be ranked number ten on the list by Madrid to Congress.
Also the former head of the cabinet of Aznar himself when he was in Moncloa, Carlos Aragonés, will go on the candidacy for Madrid (square 11) and on that same list (square 13) will be the journalist Pilar Marcos, who also worked at FAES.