The Canarian deputy Meri Pita announced this Thursday that she is leaving United We Can and that she will become part of the Mixed Group of the Congress of Deputies. The decision leaves the group with 33 seats –despite the fact that in the general it achieved 35– because Pita’s departure is compounded by the expulsion of Alberto Rodríguez, also from the Canary Islands, whose seat has not yet been replaced due to discrepancies between the group’s leadership and his colleagues. in the Canary Islands.
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Pita herself has confirmed her departure to elDiario.es and has assured that she has sent a letter to those who until now were her colleagues explaining the reasons. In a note, different Canarian officials from the confederal space have explained that “the majority of the public officials of United We Can in the archipelago, “after several debates and a process of sincere and joint reflection” have decided that the minutes of the deputy for Las Palmas leaves said group “before the organic drift” that affects the party and that has moved to the group itself, and that has ended up stripping Podemos, they say, “of its initial purpose as a tool for change and democratic participation.”
The text also explains that they have asked Congress to transfer this act to the mixed group to “continue defending the project” that took them there, which, they explain, intended to “make different policies”, “represent” their land , “exercise the public function in another way and transform the institutions”. In short, they conclude, “defend electoral commitments.”
A letter signed for various charges
According to the letter, the decision does not entail “any intention to weaken the Government”, which they will support “in everything that deserves it”, but, they qualify, they will never be “accomplices in deceiving” their people.
Among the signatories of the letter are Javier Doreste, Deputy Mayor and Councilor for Urban Planning of the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria; Mercedes Sanz, councilor for the district of Tamaraceite-Tenoya and San Lorenzo, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: Conchi Monzón, councilor for the Cabildo de Gran Canarias; Amado Carballo, advisor to the Cabildo of El Hierro; Andrés Briansó, Councilor of the Cabildo de Fuerteventura: Pilar Arbelo, Councilor for Housing, Youth and Tourism of the Ingenio City Council, and Yaiza Gorrín Rodríguez, Councilor of the Sta. Cruz de Tenerife City Council, who are followed by another series of public positions from purple formation.
“We are facing the decision of a person who achieved a deputy act by appearing on the lists of United We Can, and 140,000 Canarians voted for United We Can so that this political project would represent them in the Congress of Deputies”, explain sources from the leadership of United We Can in Congress.
“His until now colleagues in the parliamentary group consider that, if he does not want to continue representing the project for which he stood for election, he should return the act to the Canary Islands men and women who trusted United We Can instead of behaving like a turncoat” , point. Sources from the Podemos leadership have explained to elDiario.es that in the next few days they will open a file on Pita, for going two months without donating part of his salary to the party, as required by internal regulations.