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CONTRADICTIONS OVER CORRUPTION STATUS

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José Císcar

When Alberto Fabra took over as the fifth President of the Generalitat Valenciana, one of his primary objections was to clean up politics in the region. Creating what he called has “Red Line”, one of the most important elements was his statement that no Partido Popular member who is charged in a corruption case will be allowed to stand to be elected.

However, in an interview this week, the vice president of the Generalitat, who is also the President of the province of Alicante, José Císcar, seems to not only be wavering on that claim, he even seems to have contradicted his superior, suggesting that members who have been charged can in fact stand.

In an interview about the mayor of Alicante, Sonia Castedo, charged in connection with one of the most famous cases in Spain´s history, the “Caso Brugal”, Císcar said that the “parameters established” by the President of the Generalitat, Alberto Fabra, “must be evaluated at the time of making the electoral lists”. Which would make any claim that Fabra had made in the past is false, as there would only ever be a need to enforce it at the time of the elections.

Castedo herself had spoken out in support of gay marriage and abortion recently, contrary to her own group´s feelings, and it had been rumoured that she may be set to form a breakaway political party. Císcar said that the PP has “a multitude of people with different ways of thinking”, but he understands there is no intention to form a new party.

Since Mónica Lorente led the PP to their first major defeat in Orihuela at the last elections, Císcar was asked about the situation where nine members of the former PP government are faces charges in one case alone, Císcar stressed that this is a “priority”, but “No one has the slightest doubt that the PP will make the best decisions and the best candidate to win the next election in Orihuela”. Lorente is also facing charges under the “Caso Brugal”.

Enforcing his reasoning however, Císcar did point out that “we do not know what the situation will be” when the time comes to make the lists, and pre-empting that would be like “guessing the end of school-year exam results in March”.

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