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The Orihuela-based  Spanish press gave good and fair coverage to the presentation of C.L.A.R.O.

On 17 March, C.L.A.R.O. President Bob Houliston and members of the C.L.A.R.O. Executive Committee presented to the press “C.L.A.R.O. ORIHUELA”, a group of supporters of the C.L.A.R.O. political party from Orihuela city and neighbouring villages (pedanías).

This group, comprising people of different professions and experiences, has come to believe that C.L.A.R.O. has a future, not only in Orihuela Costa but in Orihuela city and neighbouring villages.

The political situation in Orihuela has become increasingly confused with division in the Popular Party and fragmentation among parties of the left. Pedro Mancebo has announced that he is standing down from front line politics and his party, Centro Liberal Renovador (CLR), has not clearly stated that they will contest the local elections in May. New parties are emerging which will further confuse the situation.

In this context, C.L.A.R.O’s image and reputation as a non-ideological party from neither the left nor the right, formed by those living in Orihuela Costa to correct deficiencies in the political management of the coast and based on principles of honesty and efficient government, has attracted increasing support in Orihuela and surrounding villages.

After several months of contact and participation in C.L.A.R.O. open meetings on the coast, an impressive number of influential people publicly announced in the press conference their support for C.L.A.R.O. and their commitment to campaign for C.L.A.R.O. in the elections on 24 May.

C.L.A.R.O ORIHUELA has opened a headquarters office in one of Orihuela’s most important and central streets. It has weekly, open meetings like C.L.A.R.O. on the coast.

The group has organised its work in sections covering the economy, social affairs and relations with surrounding villages and outlying districts of Orihuela city. The coordinator is Ofelia Cabrera a graduate in politics and an official in the Employment Office (SERVEF) inElche.

Bob Houliston welcomed this new important step in the development of C.L.A.R.O. He said he was convinced that with C.L.A.R.O. Orihuela and C.L.A.R.O. on the coast the party could elect a sufficient number of councillors to ensure that the next government of Orihuela , which will inevitably be another coalition, should be honest and efficient and would run the municipality on a de-centralised basis, close to the people.

A decentralised form of government is the only way in which a municipality with such a diverse population and so geographically dispersed could be governed fairly.

The Orihuela-based Spanish press gave good and fair coverage to the presentation of C.L.A.R.O. ORIHUELA believing that C.L.A.R.O. could gain support from the traditionally strong, moderate centre in Orihuela politics and could hold the key to the formation of the next government after the 24 May elections.

They commented that among C.L.A.R.O. ORIHUELA members they recognised the presence of a cousin of former Popular Party Mayoress, Monica Lorente and a cousin of the former Socialist Party leader, Antonia Moreno.

This gives an indication of the broad, potential support which C.L.A.R.O. can hope to attract in Orihuela.

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