Sunday, February 5

Esparza will propose to the UPN executive to break with PP and Ciudadanos and go alone to the next elections

The president of UPN, Javier Esparza, will propose this Monday to the executive of his party to break the alliance with PP and Ciudadanos and go alone to the regional and municipal elections of May 2023, as well as the general ones. As the ‘Cadena Cope’ has advanced, Esparza considers that he has more options to return the regionalists to the Palacio de Navarra by only attending the next elections with their initials, a position that is also shared by important executive positions such as the mayor of Pamplona and vice president of UPN, Enrique Maya, or the general secretary, Yolanda Ibáñez, who will support Esparza’s decision.

UPN fills the streets of Pamplona with its initials: “You want to make decisions here, neither in Madrid nor in Bilbao”

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It will be the executive of the regionalists who will have the last word this afternoon, but Javier Esparza seems to have the necessary support to break the Navarra Suma coalition. As this newspaper announced last July, from the PP they also bet on this option after the disaster of Ciudadanos, although they hoped to close a coalition agreement with UPN. Sources from the regionalist party told this newspaper that Esparza would hold a meeting with Alberto Núñez Feijóo once the PP congress in Navarra was held, in which Javier García was elected as the new leader. From the Popular Party, however, they confirm that the meeting has not taken place.

In the regionalist formation they understand that the current political context is not the same as that of 2029, when they “renounced” their acronym to unite the Navarrese right-wing under the Navarra Suma brand. They consider that rescuing their acronyms again will give them more options to recover the presidency of Navarra that they lost in 2015 and failed to achieve in 2019 with PP and Ciudadanos.

Javier Esparza’s decision has also weighed on the distance he has suffered with the PP in recent years, especially since the vote on the labor reform in Congress. The president of the regionalist formation is convinced that the PP was behind the maneuver that ended with the expulsion of the deputies Sergio Sayas and Carlos García Adanero from UPN, after voting against the norm lying and disobeying the party leadership when the decision of the organs was to abstain.

More recently, Esparza himself accused the new leadership of Núñez Feijóo of “finishing” Navarra Suma “unilaterally” when the PP Deputy Secretary General for Organization, Miguel Tellado, leaked to the press, without first speaking to Esparza, that they would propose to UPN a coalition agreement “among equals” and maintaining the initials of the PP. Esparza considered this announcement an affront to his party, the most voted in the foral community. He also did not like in UPN that the PP approached positions with the two defecting deputies to incorporate them into its lists and that it proposed them for a hypothetical joint list with the regionalists.

Furthermore, it so happens that in recent weeks UPN has started a campaign in Pamplona in which it has filled the streets of the city with posters in which only its initials appear accompanied by an image of Javier Esparza and in which there is no trace of the Navarra Suma logo.