TORREMOLINOS’ precarious political situation has been rocked again after a divisive councillor was promoted.
Margarita Del Cid, general secretary of the Partido Popular (PP) in the town, has now been named the PP’s head of Tourist Municipalities in Andalucia. The position is designed to support the areas most linked to tourism and in turn create wealth and jobs.
Ms Del Cid has been the subject of controversy in recent weeks after a rift in the Torremolinos PP which has seen some members supporting her 2019 mayoral candidacy and others backing former mayor, Pedro Fernandez Montes.
The party’s provincial deputy, Ramon Del Cid, accused Fernandez Montes of a “boycott” of the party which has led the PP to abandon its monthly meetings since September.
The infighting comes after it was last week revealed two councillors in Benaldamdena were being investigated over allegations they had taken bribes.
The Podemos party is investigating its own councillors, Enrique Garcia and Juan Ramon, over concerns they took bribes from the governing council team while in opposition.
It has been claimed the politicians took the sums in exchange for backing council policies between June 2015 and May 2016. The commission explained it believes “very serious infractions” could have occurred.
Garcia and Ramon last year eventually entered into coalition with councillors expelled from party Ciudadanos and the PSOE party, giving Mayor Victor Navas an outright majority. If the two councillors are now expelled from their party the coalition could come unstuck, however.
The investigation is considering whether Garcia signed “a pact with the PSOE and always doing whatever the mayor wanted,” as well as “having refused to oppose,” the mayor.
The three councillors who were expelled from the Ciudadanos party have since joined new group, Contigo.
Bernardo Jimenez, Oscar Ramundo and Beatriz Olmedo, were removed from their original party after coming to an agreement with left-leaning PSOE, “signing a covert pact.” They have now joined the new party, which is an offshoot of ContigoSomosDemocracia (CSD).
According to media reports, the three have already held their first few meetings as Contgio and begun promoting the party on social media.