A rebellion at the polls. This is what Héctor Gómez, Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism in the Socialist Government, expects to happen in the elections on May 28, with the aim of being able to maintain the progressive projects that the PSOE started in 2019, when he reached the presidency of the Canarian Executive and the Tenerife Cabildo, after two decades. The minister made his first appearance at a public event in the Islands in the presentation of the party’s candidacies for the regional Parliament for the insular list, council Tenerife and the 31 town councils.
In his speech, he endorsed the trajectory of Ángel Víctor Torres, the Canarian president who is running for re-election, and Pedro Martín, who has commanded the Cabildo for the last four years and aspires to do so again. “The Canary Islands is a benchmark in the national set and so is Tenerife in terms of employment, social or economic”, he valued. And they have done it, he said, despite the fact that, as has happened to the central government, they have faced an opposition “that doesn’t mess around” and that doesn’t mind agreeing even against the ultra-right. “Against that you have to rebel in the runes to maintain progressive projects in the Canary Islands,” he reiterated.
Ángel Víctor Torres picked up the baton and stated that citizens must decide in the elections between consolidating the political changes that reached the Canary Islands institutions in the last 2019 elections or “going back”. In the words that he addressed to the public during the event – held on the terrace of the Martiández shopping center in Puerto de la Cruz – he also challenged other formations to “show their faces” for what they did not carry out when they governed for decades and that now They say that they will resolve in the first hundred days of the legislature. For this reason, he assured that in front of others “what they do is say what they are going to do without giving an account of what they did” he pointed out that the PSOE “is going to give an account of what has been done” in the last four years.
Pedro Martín, PSOE candidate for the presidency of the Cabildo, stressed that his arrival at this institution changed the way in which funds were distributed. “No more distributing the money based on political color, money has been given to the 31 municipalities whoever governs,” he stressed.. Of his four years at the head of the Island Corporation, he highlighted the greatest support for social policies, the projects to undertake the main works required by the island, the promotion of clean energy and the aid that has been given to activities hit by the crises. like those in the primary sector.
For her part, Nira Fierro, number one of the socialist candidacy for the regional Parliament for the insular list, was convinced that “we are going to receive all kinds of attacks”, but he stressed that in the face of each one of them “data must be provided” and in the face of “the confrontation and the insularists, a regional project.”