Feijóo confirms in the new organization chart of the PP his commitment to "management" in the face of Ayuso's "cultural battle"

“There can be a party without a government, but not a government without a party. Here there is a united party and there may be a government. Therefore, we must prepare to order a possible Government in Spain. And this is the objective of the structure that we have come to report on”. Alberto Núñez Feijóo has taken almost two months to define the complete organizational chart of the new leadership of the Popular Party. Both internally and in the parliamentary groups that depend on its national leadership. The president of the PP has insisted on his commitment to show "management" and make the economy his lever, against those who, like the president of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, they push him to give a "cultural battle"” of which the Galician is suspicious. And he has also made an effort to make an exhibition of the territorial distribution of the positions that this Monday has been ratified by the National Executive Committee (CEN).

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As the PP itself advanced on Sunday, which has broken down into small pills in the last few hours part of the appointments confirmed today, Feijóo will keep the current spokespersons in their posts both in Congress and in the Senate and the European Parliament: the general secretary, Cuca Gamarra, Javier Maroto and Dolors Montserrat, respectively. The Galician will preside over the parliamentary group in the Upper House, where he could assume his position as senator by regional appointment even this week. But he also reserves the presidency of the group in the Lower House, although he will not be a deputy. It is something that the Statutes of the PP collect, although its character is more symbolic than practical.

Gamarra will be accompanied as general secretary by Andalusian Carlos Rojas. His deputy will be his predecessor in office, Guillermo Mariscal from the Canary Islands, who thus falls one step. The treasurer and economic coordinator of the Congress will be the Galician Jaime de Olano; the coordinator of social policies, the Galician Marta González. And the institutional coordinator, José Antonio Bermúdez de Castro, from Castilla y León. All of them will be deputy spokespersons, a position that will also be held by Elvira Rodríguez (Madrid), Mario Garcés (Aragón), Marga Prohens (Balearic Islands), Isabel Borrego (Murcia), Sandra Moneo (Castilla y León), Pablo Hispán (from Madrid, but "deputy by Granada”, as he has pointed out). Macarena Montesinos (Valencia) will be the committee coordinator.

The different territorial references have been made express by Feijóo himself in his (open) speech before the members of the CEN. It is not the first time: since last April 2 he was formally promoted, without rivals, to the presidency of the PP, each appointment he has made has been accompanied by a reference to the autonomous community to which he belongs. One more step in the baronization what the game has suffered since it was the regional leaders, with Feijóo himself at the head, who they gave the lace to Pablo Casado for his confrontation with Isabel Díaz Ayuso for control of Madrid.

In the Senate, the general secretary will be Amelia Salanueva (Navarra). And the deputy spokespersons, Ana Alós (Aragón), José Antonio Monago (Extremadura), José Manuel Barreiro (Galicia), Javier Arenas (Andalusia), Antonio Román (Castilla La Mancha), Patricia Rodríguez (Castilla y León) and Asier Antona ( Canary Islands).

To maintain a presence in the three groups, Feijóo has appointed one of his most veteran collaborators as head of the parliamentary coordination department, as he himself has recalled: Álvaro Pérez López.

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The second round of appointments on Monday had to do with internal positions, the area secretaries pending appointment since the beginning of April. Feijóo has once again demonstrated his double commitment to consolidated profiles, even at the risk of being tainted by his time in previous governments, and his intention to ignore the chants of those who want to get him fully into the "cultural battle".

If on Saturday he said before Ayuso's PP that he did not believe in "smokescreens" and that for him the important thing was GDP, debt and, ultimately, the economy, this Monday he has ratified it with his appointments.

Feijóo has requested “think about the neighbor” and not “in personal or personal projects”. "Today no one doubts that the PP is the political formation closest to reality and closest to the problems of the Spanish", he added. For this reason, he has pointed out, "the PP must have an agile, solvent structure" that "prepares them to govern." "There can be a party without a government, but not a government without a party," he has said. "Here there is a united party and there can be a government," he advanced. “Therefore, we must prepare to organize a possible government in Spain. And this is the objective of the structure that we have come to report on”, he concluded.

This structure is based on the deputy secretariats that were already approved on April 3, In sevilla. And the first that he has explained is the economic one, with the current Minister of the Treasury, Juan Bravo, at the head. It is not the only executive position that will be integrated into the area. The Minister of Finance of Murcia, Luis Marín, assumes the Ministry of Economy, Reforms and Innovation. Senator Jorge Martínez Antolín: Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development. The former Minister of Finance of the Balearic Islands, José Vicente Marí, assumes Industry, Tourism, Commerce and Circular Economy.

The current Treasury Minister of Galicia, Miguel Corgos, the Treasury, Efficiency and Modernization of the Public Sector and European Financing area. The former General Director of Employment, Javier Thibault [uno de los técnicos que redactó la reforma laboral de Fátima Báñez], will deal with Employment, Pensions, Self-Employed and Social Dialogue. Lastly, the Minister for the Environment of Madrid, Paloma Martín, will be in charge of the Mobility and Sustainability Secretariat.

Under the command of Carmen Navarro (Deputy Secretary for Social Policies) will be the former Minister Ana Pastor (Health), Óscar Clavel (Education), the Minister of Madrid Concepción Dancausa (Social Services) and the Senator for Ávila Patricia Rodríguez for Family, Equality and Challenge Demographic.

Pedro Rollán's team as Deputy Secretary for Regional and Local Coordination is completed by the senator and former mayor of Guadalajara, Antonio Román (Municipal Policy and Large Cities); the newly appointed deputy spokesperson in Congress and also former mayor of Huesca, Ana Alós (Provincial Secretariat); and Engracia Hidalgo, current Treasury Delegate of the Madrid City Council, as head of Regional Policy.

A great power will be wielded by the Institutional Deputy Secretary, Esteban González Pons, who will directly assume the areas of Constitutional Protection, Justice and Defense. In addition, below it will have the Galician deputy Ana Vázquez in Interior; the MEP Gabriel Mato in Foreign Affairs and the former minister with Cristina Cifuentes and today Senator Jaime de los Santos in Culture.

Finally, Feijóo's right-hand man in Galicia and now deputy secretary of Territorial Organization, Miguel Tellado, will have Ángel Luis González as secretary of Organization, who comes from Antequera (Málaga), where the general coordinator and right-hand man of Juan Manuel Moreno, Elías Bendodo, in another clear example of the balance that the president of the PP and the Andalusian baron are weaving.

In addition, José Antonio Bermúdez de Castro will be Secretary of Training; Carmen Fúnez of Electoral Action; Sofía Acedo, from Affiliation and Participation; and Antonio Rodríguez Miranda, responsible for the Secretariat of the PP Abroad.

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