Saturday, February 24

UPN will lose seats in Congress yes or yes: either Sayas and Adanero leave or PP and Ciudadanos enter

The vote on the labor reform this Thursday may be the last in which the UPN has participated in this legislature and for the first time since 1979, the year it was founded. The leader of the regionalists, Javier Esparza, is at a crossroads in which, no matter what happens, he will no longer have a voice and a vote in the Lower House. The deputies Carlos García Adanero and Sergio Sayas, whom the party executive will consider expelling this Friday for having skipped the voting discipline and having opposed the labor reform, have already announced that they will not deliver their minutes to the management, as they have been told claimed, but it so happens that, even if they did and resigned, the next on the Navarra Suma list, the confluence of UPN, PP and Ciudadanos created in 2019 for the regional, general and municipal elections, are Cristina Sanz Barrios ( PP) and Sonia Pérez Martínez (Citizens).

UPN blows up after the rebellion of its two deputies for the labor reform

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In the event that they do not deliver the minutes, the two deputies could continue to be attached to the Mixed Group because they are individual credentials. However, while waiting to find out if their party expels them, their leader, Javier Esparza, has already pointed out that “they do not represent UPN” so they would remain as unassigned deputies.

This is not the first incident of this type within Navarra Suma, whose future is more questionable than ever. When in March 2021 Ciudadanos and PSOE agreed on a motion of censure against the PP in Murcia and numerous orange charges left the formation, one of the three senators from Navarra Suma, Ruth Goñi, also left Ciudadanos without giving up the act, which generated a internal crisis between the coalition partners when UPN claimed its seat in the Senate.

As a result of the agreement to go in coalition to the three elections of 2019, the three parties distributed the different positions on the lists with a clear role of UPN over PP and Ciudadanos as the regionalist party was the most voted party in the regional community, while popular and oranges have more residual support. Thus, in Congress the two deputies from Navarra Suma are from UPN; in the Foral Parliament of the 20 representatives, 15 are regionalists, three from Ciudadanos and two from the PP; while in the Pamplona City Council, of the 13 councilors, 11 are from UPN, while PP and Ciudadanos share the other two.

Nor is it the first time that a UPN deputy breaks the voting discipline in Congress. In 2008, Santiago Cervera, against the guidelines of the provincial president Miguel Sanz to support the General State Budgets of the Zapatero Government, voted against and ended up making the leap to the PP. Unlike that time, on this occasion, UPN will be left without any representative in the Lower House.