Tuesday, November 30

Ana Barceló replaces Juana Serna as president of the PSPV and Rubén Alfaro enters the executive

The name of Ana Barceló sounds lately for almost everything, even to be Minister of Innovation. However, her appointment as president in the conclave held in Benidorm until Sunday has two derivatives. On the one hand, it is intended to give a more executive aspect to the presidency, in line with what Cristina Narbona represents in the PSOE, also respecting the tradition that it is a position that usually falls on the province of Alicante, and , lately, in a woman. In fact, Juana Serna’s predecessor was María Teresa Sempere from Elche. On the other hand, this gesture is interpreted as another step within the strategy to place Ana Barceló as a candidate for Alicante city for the next municipal elections, which must be held in 2023. An issue that, on the other hand, sees with very good eyes the sector led by former senator Ángel Franco, who is the one who controls the group in a majority way.

Nor is the election of Rubén Alfaro, who will replace Carlos Fernández Bielsa, mayor of Mislata, trivial. Eldense’s flirtations with the group of the deputy from Elche Alejandro Soler led him not only to want to head the list of delegates to the federal congress that was held a month ago in Valencia, but also, once this alternative was deactivated with the designation, precisely, of Barceló as number one, the also president of the Valencian Federation of Municipalities refused to run in the candidacy, in what was interpreted as a challenge to Puig and Pedro Sánchez. Now, however, he not only accedes to the executive, but on Friday he was seen very well at the congress, not only for his role in the federation, but also for having returned as a “prodigal son”, according to they commented in certain party circles. A “recovery” that of Eldense for the Puig sector that is seen as an attempt to deactivate Soler in his aspirations for the provincial congress that, a priori, will be held at the beginning of next year, and that, above, it allows the Ximista sector to make another wink in pursuit of integration. A blow to the Alexandrians because those who once raised the flag of Sanchismo lose what had been one of their main endorsements in recent months, even though Alfaro’s alignment with this group responded more to the rejection of Franco than to the affinities with the former mayor of Elche.

The Francoists, present at the table

The success or failure of the congresses for the different families is measured according to the names that slip into the different governing bodies. However, at the expense of knowing what happens once the final executive is announced, the Franco sector considers it a first triumph that one of its councilors in the Alicante City Council, Raúl Ruiz, is at the congress table. A conclave that will be chaired by the vice mayor of Valencia and socialist municipal spokesperson, Sandra Gómez. “The presence of Sandra Gómez is fundamental for us and she has the support of the management at all times,” said Ximo Puig.

Soler copies Ábalos: dinner with his relatives

Sonada was the dinner of the former Minister of Transport and Secretary of Organization of the PSOE, José Luis Ábalos, with his associates on the first day of the federal congress held a month ago in Valencia, and was attended by about 150 people, including Alejandro Soler. As much as Ábalos later tried to relativize, claiming that it was a dinner with friends, the meeting felt quite bad in Ferraz and in the PSPV. The man from Elche tried to copy the former Valencian minister this Friday night, with a dinner at a well-known restaurant in La Vila. In party circles it was pointed out that those summoned exceeded one hundred, also abalists.


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