The president of the XX National Congress of the PP, Teófila Martínez, has announced the triumph of Alberto Núñez Feijóo as president of the PP. The delegates have ratified the only candidacy that has been presented to the conclave. After achieving 36,781 votes from the militants in primaries without rivals, the delegates have confirmed the bet of the barons to replace Pablo Casado.
Of the 3,111 delegates accredited to vote, 2,670 have exercised their right. 2,663 have been valid votes. There have been 7 invalid and 44 blank. 2,619 have voted for Feijóo, which represents 98.35% of the votes cast.
“Thank you for electing me president of the PP, but this election is only the beginning, because the really important thing now is to continue together so that the Spanish choose us to govern their future. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart”, he said after going up to the rostrum to deliver his speech as president-elect of the party.
Feijóo came to this Extraordinary Congress as the only candidate to lead the party after the internal crisis unleashed in February in the PP between Pablo Casado and Isabel Díaz Ayuso as a result of the mask contracts of the Community of Madrid for which the brother of The Madrid president charged commissions, at the worst moment of the pandemic.
To solve the open total war, Pablo Casado, forced by the barons, decided to side with it and convene an extraordinary congress and a primary process to which finally only the until now president of the Xunta de Galicia presented himself, the only one who managed Gather the necessary collateral. The bases of the PP ratified Alberto Núñez Feijóo as Casado’s successor on March 21 with 36,781 votes of the 36,974 valid votes cast, 99.63%.
The PP has wanted to close this transition stage with a unity congress, in which former presidents José María Aznar (by videoconference after contracting COVID) and Mariano Rajoy have participated, but also Casado, who in his farewell speech yesterday also announced that he will leave his seat in Congress and political life. Yesterday, Casado described this transition period as “bittersweet” and reported that it began with a “feeling of injustice”, as he said before the National Board of Directors at the beginning of March, but that it was “soon overcome by deep gratitude”.
“I have always told the truth, no matter what it took, I would face whoever faced me. And I can say that I am very proud of it. You never have to be afraid to say what you think, or to do what you should, ”said the former president of the PP yesterday, who this Saturday has publicly met again with Díaz Ayuso, whom he has greeted with a cold kiss, in one of the images of the day.