A court has this week dismissed the petition by Bob Houliston and the Table of Elders to paralyze the censure motion that prevented the Partido Popular from taking over the government earlier this year.
This particular case revolved around whether councillors Pedro Mancebo and Juan Ignacio López-Bas, belonged to their representative political party when they signed motion raised by the PP.
The twelve members of the Partido Popular, led by Pepa Ferrando, and two members of a Clr-CLARO coalition, presented the motion on the 20th of December last year, which was to be debated and formally voted on during a special plenary meeting scheduled for the 3rd of January. Should the vote had gone as expected, the PP would have ousted the bi-partite government and resumed power, but the Table of Elders blocked the move, as it had failed to meet the “legal requirements”.
At a press conference, the secretary general of the PP, Dámaso Aparicio, explained that the court ruling clarifies that the appeal details how the two members were part of the parties they represented, and so “it is clear” which steps now need to be taken in court, and there is “no doubt that the political party existed”.
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