Macarena Olona (Alicante, 1979) will be the Vox candidate for the Presidency of the Andalusian Government in the elections on June 19. This was ratified this Thursday by the National Executive Committee of Santiago Abascal’s party, which the day before already indicated the deputy spokeswoman in Congress as the one chosen to dispute power with the president of the Board, the popular Juan Manuel Moreno.
With the appointment of Olona, Vox is betting on one of the best-known faces and one of the most belligerent deputies in its ranks, who has been building her own agenda in Andalusia for weeks as an undisguised advance party for her candidacy. It is not a low profile that Abascal has sought for the Andalusian elections of 19-J, ignoring those who suggested him to reserve Olona for the final assault in the general elections next year. Andalusia is the most populous community in Spain -with 8.5 million inhabitants- and the one that contributes the most votes and deputies to Congress [61 de 350].
Olona is a State lawyer, she has practiced her profession in the Basque Country and in Madrid, where she lives, but in the general elections she was a deputy for Granada, where she is now registered, and where Vox has a very consolidated electoral base, to the detriment of the PP and PSOE. The woman from Alicante is general secretary of her parliamentary group in Congress and National Deputy Secretary for Relations with the Courts, in charge of linking Vox initiatives in the Lower House and the Senate with the decisions of the party. She has a degree in Law from the Public University of Alicante and an Extraordinary Degree Award, Olona joined the State Lawyers Corps in 2009.
For months, Olona has multiplied his visits to different Andalusian provinces, they have been a constant, meeting with groups, especially from the rural world, where the far-right formation is penetrating at great speed. He has also shown his devotion to the Virgen de la Macarena, with whom he was photographed inside the basilica and spread on his social networks – to the chagrin of the brotherhood – and his fondness for the Seville Fair. On Monday, when Moreno announced the electoral advance, she published an image of her in the central Sierpes street in Seville and explained that she had come “to try on her flamenco dress” for the Fair, which starts this Friday. On Tuesday she met with the 11 deputies of the parliamentary group, the senator for the Andalusian community and various local Vox officials, but no one confirmed then that she would be the candidate.
In the Andalusian elections of 2018, Vox entered an autonomous Parliament for the first time with 400,000 votes and 12 seats; In the general elections of April 2019, it obtained 600,000 votes and in the electoral repetition of November it reached 869,000, almost the same as the PP. The far-right formation is entrusted to Olona, who will be accompanied by the entire entourage of Abascal, with the aim of entering the Government of Andalusia.
The Vox parliamentary group says that the objective is to be the first force, “at least”, in half of the eight provinces, surpassing the PP and the PSOE. It is no longer a question of conditioning a second Moreno government from within, which all the polls give as a favorite, but of achieving a greater balance of forces with the popular ones than the one they maintained with Ciudadanos [26 y 21 diputados respectivamente]. The published surveys and those conducted at the Palacio de San Telmo -headquarters of the Junta de Andalucía- predict an abrupt growth of Vox in voting intention, even exceeding the threshold of 20 deputies [ahora tienen 11].
Moreno tries to ignore the strategy of the extreme right, with or without Olona, and hopes that his result will be greater than the sum of all the forces of the left, to wield a sufficient majority with which he can govern alone, without depending on Vox. In front of it, however, is the concave mirror of the recent elections in Castilla y León. The popular president Alfonso Fernández Mañueco also advanced them with the prospect of achieving an absolute majority, and after breaking his coalition with Ciudadanos, and ended up forming the first regional government with Vox as a partner.
“With this appointment, the electoral pre-campaign begins in Vox for an appointment with the polls in the same region -Andalusia-, where he began his career in the institutions,” says the party in a statement published after the CEN meeting.