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The National Court understands that Nueva Canarias has not been active as a political party since 2017

“It lacks activity and functioning.” It is one of the conclusions of the sentence of the National High Court in which the “extinction” of the Nueva Canarias political party was ruled, which until then was registered in the registry of the Ministry of the Interior. In the judicial resolution, to which he has had access Canary Islands Now and that it has been firm since July 20, 2021, the magistrate understands that a sentence for costs “is impossible to comply with”, because the last communication of said party with the registry was “the one made after the last draft of statutes approved during the IV Congress held on May 5 and 6, 2017; which shows that it is a non-existent party”.

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The reason why the “extinction” of this formation is concluded is that its statutes do not adapt to Law of control of the economic-financial activity of the Political Partieswhich established a term of three years to do so and adds that “having received the appropriate request”, Nueva Canarias “has done nothing in order to comply with the indicated requirements, to adapt its Statutes to the precepts”.

In the sentence, it is alluded to that the head of the Political Parties Registry Service was able to certify on October 30, 2020 that “the last draft of the statutes communicated are those approved during the IV Congress of the party held, suffering from the formal defects communicated ”. Months before, the General Directorate of Internal Policy sent a letter to Nueva Canarias, “advising it to proceed to submit the statutes adapted to the content of the Law within a maximum period of six months” and that it was notified on January 23, 2020 .

A resolution of the Ministry of the Interior ratified on August 12, 2021 by the Deputy Director General of Internal Policy and Electoral Processes recalled that it is proceeding to “cancel the registration of the party called Nueva Canarias” precisely because in October 2020 it was detected ” the lack of adaptation” of the statutes of said formation, as required by the law on political parties. For this reason, they proceeded to request the State Attorney “to file the corresponding demand for judicial termination before the Central Contentious-Administrative Court.”

The Public Prosecutor’s Office also reported “favorably” to the judicial declaration “of extinction of the defendant political party”, since “its statutes were not adapted in accordance with legal requirements; without prejudice to the fact that, on the part of the defendant political party, proof of statutory adaptation is provided; whose existence is not recorded in the administrative file or in the documentation in the case file.” In May 2021, the lawsuit was declared closed for sentencing.

The sentence understands that the statutes of Nueva Canarias do not include what the law qualifies as “minimum content”; and cites, for example, that the website and electronic address must be stated, that the rights and duties of the affiliates be completed in accordance with the provisions of article 8, that the accountability procedure be added, including the annual submission of the same to the Court of Auditors within the legally established period or the determination of the economic-financial person in charge of the party and the procedure for their appointment, among other requirements.

From the Ministry of the Interior they have referred this Tuesday to what the final sentence explains to answer the questions of this newspaper and have pointed out that NC did not appeal when it had the deadline to do so. The formation of Román Rodríguez, for its part, has insisted these days that he has not received any request or notification. The Secretary of Organization of Nueva Canarias, Carmelo Ramírez, pointed out at a press conference that the formation had changed its venue, but notified it. In addition, he stressed that if the Ministry of the Interior wanted to contact the party, it has the names and private addresses of each of the leaders in the statutes sent.

Ramírez insisted that the statutes were sent in 2017 after the IV Congress and last June those of the last congress held were sent. He also stressed that he has been receiving the subsidy that is granted to political parties. In fact, according to the Official State Gazette, in April 2022, Nueva Canarias was awarded a subsidy of 21,646 euros for its representation in the Congress of Deputies.

A party that governs in the Canary Islands

The sentence alludes to the lack of activity in Nueva Canarias, but it is a party that currently governs in the regional pact together with the PSOE, Podemos and ASG. The leader of the formation, Román Rodríguez, is the Vice President and Counselor of the Treasury. Until a few weeks ago it had a national deputy, Pedro Quevedo, who has been replaced by a deputy from the Canarian Coalition, María Fernández, according to the electoral agreement reached in 2019 between both formations. Quevedo is also a councilor in the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and has sometimes been a key deputy to carry out general budgets and other important votes for the central Executive.

In the political presentation of his last congress, he recalled that in 2019 he obtained a total of nine mayorships. Six of them with an absolute majority and the rest with pacts with other political formations. In addition, he is part of the governments of 16 other corporations. In others he acts as opposition. The party is proud to have once again chaired the Cabildo de Gran Canaria and to have obtained one more councilor in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, where it continues to form part of its government with PSOE and United We Can. Likewise, it insists that it has more than 160 people elected between municipalities and councils. In this extensive text, he also makes a positive assessment of his entry into the Government of the Canary Islands, which he defines as “a change in Canarian politics after 26 years of CC governments -alone or with PP or PSOE- and a final stage of lack of centrality, ideological and territorial, of its leadership”.

One of the formulas that explain the growth of Nueva Canarias since its constitution 17 years ago and in which it is fixed in order to broaden its political spectrum are the alliances with local formations. There are islands where the nationalist vote is already cornered by the Canarian Coalition, such as Tenerife, and in the progressive vote it is disputed between the confluences with parties such as Sí se puede, IUC or Podemos. These agreements with local parties are the ones that promoted Antonio Morales (with the group from the southeast Roque Aguayro) to the presidency of the Cabildo or that they have maintained in other localities such as Compromiso por Firgas-NC; ALPA Aagaete, Alternative for San Mateo, among many others.

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