Wednesday, July 6

The PP returns to the Government of Ourense after nine months and forgets its accusations of corruption against the mayor of the city

The Popular Party has surrendered to the unclassifiable Gonzalo Pérez Jácome, mayor of Ourense, whom they left in September 2020, leaving him in charge of the third city of Galicia with the only support of two councilors. So they hid behind the corruption complaints that members of the formation led by the Democracia Ourensana councilor – a populist right wing formation – brought to the prosecutor’s table. At that time the PP held a total of seven councilors. The mayor was left alone.

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The rupture heralded the resignation but Jácome went ahead and assumed, together with two other councilors, all the municipal powers that he had shared with the popular in a coalition regime. The complaints against the councilor for the use of municipal funds for their own benefit did not prosper and now the PP surrenders to the evidence of having to reconnect with the controversial mayor.

The announcement of reconciliation has been announced through a statement from the city council. The PP regains command in the departments of sports, finance, environment, social services, commerce-thermalism-tourism and urban planning. In addition, the new Local Government Board will be made up of three councilors from Democracia Ourensana and three from the Popular Party.

The decision, authorized by Alberto Núñez Feijóo, confirms the victory of Gonzalo Pérez Jácome against the apparatus of the PP of Galicia, unable to remove him from the Government by the brave. As if nothing had happened the two great enemies now forget the thick words that were dedicated in the past. Feijóo came to describe Jácome as “lethal”. Shortly after the mayor said in an interview in that “the scum that is in the PP is the responsibility of Feijóo.” All that is now in the past, two years after the two parties in conflict have to compete again at the polls.

Before starting the road to reuniting with Jácome, the Popular Party tried a motion of censure to unseat the first mayor of the city. To do this, he began a negotiation with the PSOE, the leading force in votes and seats, which did not come to fruition. The PP wanted the Socialists to give them the mayoralty and, although they approached that claim, the PSOE only agreed to sacrifice its candidate, Rafael Villarino, due to the reluctance of the popular. Between a coalition government led by the left and reconciliation with whom they had accused of being corrupt, the PP chose the latter. Now, nine months later, the PP confirms the reversal.

The power of Jácome in Ourense transcends the city. His formation holds the key on which the majority of the right depends in the Diputación de Ourense, the only one of the four Galicians whose presidency is in the hands of the Popular Party. With an authoritarian and dialectical tabernary character, Jácome sees his list of enemies diminish due to the surrender of the Popular Party itself, which made him ugly about his departure from everything and his complaints about almost everything. One of the most controversial and recent, addressed to city council officials who he challenged in May with the following phrase: “If you are so good, why don’t you go to NASA?”