The one who will be the new president of the Basque PP, Carlos Iturgaiz, who already held the position between 1996 and 2004, has ensured that he takes control of the party –an operation decided by Genoa– without internal opposition. “The most important thing is to reach a board of directors in which my team has the support of Bizkaia, Gipuzkoa, Álava and the New Generations. We have achieved that. Let’s all go together. Rowing in the same direction, that is a strengthening for the PP ”, Iturgaiz explained, confirming that the ‘alonsistas’ will not offer internal battle.
Casado delivers a general secretariat to the PP in Alava to guarantee a proclamation of Iturgaiz without internal opposition
The ‘popular’ leader has made these statements about the internal crisis that the party is experiencing in Euskadi upon its arrival in the Basque Parliament. Significantly, he has entered accompanied by Laura Garrido, who will be his new general secretary. He has also explained that the young mayor of Donostia Mikel Lezama (27 years old) will be the ‘number three’, the new spokesman. These appointments respond precisely to that search for territorial balances in search of avoiding divisions.
Iturgaiz was a candidate in the July Basque elections by decision of Pablo Casado, who pushed Alfonso Alonso away. Now, Genoa has also accelerated the renewal of the party leadership without waiting for a congress. And again it has placed Iturgaiz in front of Amaya Fernández, Alonso’s ‘number two’ and who had assumed the presidency temporarily after his departure. Iturgaiz has said that Fernández will now focus on his functions as spokesman in the General Meetings of Bizkaia, where he does a “brilliant” job.
He added that one of his objectives is to “consolidate and strengthen” the presence of the PP in local and provincial institutions. It so happens that after the July elections, the ‘popular’ seats in the Basque Parliament went from 9 to 4, since the other two in the group are for Citizens. “With this new team, a lot of unity, a lot of work ahead and a lot of desire”, Iturgaiz has abounded, who believes that a constitutionalist project and defense of national unity “in this Basque and Spanish land” is “very important” for the Basque Country.