The pressures on Pablo Casado to resign grow. To the clamp of the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, and the president of Galicia, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, the president of Andalusia, Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla, joins. The three have allied so that the departure of the president of the party is imminent. And for this they demand a National Congress in March to decide on the new leadership of the party, sources from the Popular Party confirm to elDiario.es.
Ayuso already pointed in this direction in his appearance this Monday from Boadilla del Monte, in which he called for an “absolute turnaround” in the game and assured that the attacks on his family and his honor could not be “free”. The statements of the Madrid president coincided with the meeting that Casado was holding at that time with his most faithful collaborators at the national headquarters on Génova Street in Madrid, a conclave that continues and that indicates that it will go a long way. Ayuso ruled out however that he has no intention of competing for the state leadership of the party and that his interests are in Madrid. Feijóo, for his part, said on Monday that “decisions have to be made.” “They will not be easy, they will be complex, but they must be urgent,” he insisted. The Galician president, who already sounded in 2018 to run for the primaries although in the end he did not, has described the current situation of the party as one of “collapse”.
The position of both was agreed. The conversation between the two most important regional barons of the PP took place on Sunday, as reported by El Periódico de Catalunya and confirmed by elDiario.es. The details of the remote meeting have not been disclosed, but the reaction of both on Monday morning is clear. Ayuso maintains his decision, expressed on multiple occasions, not to run for the national leadership of the PP. “My place is in Madrid” is a phrase that the regional president has repeatedly pronounced since last fall. The first time was at the PP national convention, before an auditorium full of party cadres, including Casado himself and his number two, Teodoro García Egea, who has become Ayuso’s main enemy ever since.
During the weekend there was also a telephone conversation between Pablo Casado and Alberto Núñez Feijóo. It was this Sunday and the talk did not serve for Casado to mold his position before those who ask him, since he gave way to a new cycle. During the conversation, the president of the Xunta asked the still president of the PP to summon all the barons of the party to a meeting in which to address the immediate future. Married refused.
In the midst of this blockage, Feijóo’s options are increasingly evident. “We have to live up to our country. We owe it to our militants and to all Spaniards,” the president of the New Generations of Galicia and deputy of the regional Parliament, Adrián Pardo, assured on Twitter. A comment that accompanies a manifesto that demands the appointment of a manager that leads the party to a congress that elects a new leadership.
Meanwhile, Casado continues to meet with his Management Committee. An appointment to which the national spokesman and mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez Almeida, has not appeared, in a gesture that delves into the division of the national president’s team. Almeida was the person that Casado interposed between Ayuso and the presidency of the PP in Madrid.
As the hours go by, the popular leaders position themselves. This has been the case of the president of the PP of Asturias, Teresa Mallada, who has joined the words of the president of the Xunta de Galicia, Alberto Núñez Feijóo: “On Saturday I made a call for serenity, but I also expressed the need to for our national president to make an urgent decision.