It’s official now. The president of the Popular Party (PP) of Tenerife, mayor of Los Realejos and regional deputy, Manuel Domínguez, yesterday presented his candidacy to preside over the PP of the Canary Islands, with the motto Together, the will to unify the political formation and the objective of governing in the Archipelago. Domínguez’s announcement materializes the rumors that have been sounding for days among the ranks of the party.
“I do not come here to fail,” announced Domínguez, who did not want to confirm or deny whether he has the backing of the national leadership. The mayor of Los Realejos limited himself to explaining that he is “a hierarchical person” who respects “structures”, and that therefore he has communicated to Genoa his intention to “take the step”, but no national leader has made a public statement about his candidacy.
When questioned about the possibility that sectors of the party in Gran Canaria prefer that the presidency falls to someone from that island, Domínguez remarked that the leadership of the formation should be decided based on the capacity of the people, not on their place of birth. . “The party has to grow”, there must be “a rebound”, and the best thing is to undertake that task “from within”, united and “all to one” the 39,655 members, said the candidate in the presentation.
According to Domínguez, the first step to achieve the objective of governing is to form the organic structure of the PP of the Canary Islands in the regional congress, to be held on January 22 and 23 in Tenerife.
The candidate for president also defended “opening the doors” of the party to people who have gone to other political formations guided by “siren songs”, because the PP “is the vehicle” to implement the policy that the Canary Islands need. “We can govern if we stay together,” insisted Domínguez, who did not want to advance names of possible colleagues who would make up his team.
Nor did he want to advance anything about the political orientation of the party if he accedes to the presidency and added that “it is too early” to draw up an electoral strategy because there is not even an organic structure.
The mayor of Los Realejos praised the trajectory of the president of the PP of Gran Canaria, Poli Suárez, and hoped that it is within the slogan Together that he advocates in his campaign. Domínguez acknowledged being aware of the difficulties that exist in the Canary Islands PP and pointed out that if he becomes president he will have to make decisions “that not everyone will like.”
The candidate explained that he expects the former mayor of Puerto de la Cruz, Lope Afonso, to lead an electoral list in 2023 after the judicial acquittal of an “unjust” sentence that he removed from the Cabildo in 2019, and on Senator Antonio Alarcó he affirmed that he feels a “great respect” for him and that he will have a “very important role” in the future.
Domínguez recalled his 25-year career in the PP, a party he joined in April 1996 at the age of 22, and stated that his aspiration is to achieve “a better Canary Islands in a better Spain.”