Ignatius Aguado he left politics a year ago and now he has also decided to abandon militancy in Ciudadanos. The former vice president of the Community of Madrid and top regional leader of the party until the last regional elections in May 2021, in which he was relegated as a candidate by the deputy spokesman for the parliamentary group in Congress, Edmundo Bal, announced this Monday in his Twtter account that he unsubscribes from what has been his party for nine years. In his farewell message he explains the reasons for his decision, accuses the state leader, Inés Arrimadas of "fleeing forward" for not resigning after the recent and last debacle in Andalusia and says goodbye assuring that his time at Ciudadanos "ends today" . "But my love for Spain and my determination to bequeath to my son a country of free and equal citizens will continue to live forever," he concluded.
After 9 years of militancy, this morning I requested my withdrawal as a member of Ciudadanos.
I share here the reasons that have led me to make this decision. pic.twitter.com/Q4htQByK2y
– Ignacio Aguado (@ignacioaguado) August 22, 2022
In his letter, Aguado recalls that, after the Andalusian elections, when Ciudadanos disappeared from the autonomous Parliament, as happened to them in the Madrid Assembly, he already publicly requested the resignation of the entire national Executive and the convening of an Extraordinary Congress. But he has explained that these poor electoral results, together with those of Catalonia and Castilla y León, are "sufficient reason" for Arrimadas to resign immediately so that a "new direction and leadership" can be elucidated in an Extraordinary Assembly.
Aguado immediately reproaches that, far from assuming these responsibilities, Arrimadas and the leadership of Ciudadanos have undertaken "a flight forward", which "he does not share", "disguised as a refoundation" that in his opinion is not going anywhere.
In the opinion of the former vice president of the Community of Madrid, the "problem" is neither the ideas nor the founding principles of the party, but "the total absence of strategy, the wear and tear of the brand and the lack of a leadership capable of once again giving hope to voters." "To remedy this, or at least try, a refoundation is not needed, but a Congress," he points out in his farewell. In addition, he considers that this refoundation in such a case would have to be promoted by a new Executive and not by the same "that has been chaining one electoral failure after another for three years." "Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like my petition or my arguments have had any kind of effect on those who have to make these decisions," he adds, noting that it's something he "really feels."
Aguado acknowledges that he resigns as a member with "enormous sorrow" but also "with his head held high" and thanks both his colleagues and the Citizens voters for the trust they placed in him. “My time at Ciudadanos ends today, but my love for Spain and my determination to bequeath to my son a country of free and equal citizens will continue to live on forever,” concludes his letter.