As soon as Pedro Martín (PSOE) had just taken office as new president of the Cabildo de Tenerife, when at the last minute of his speech, during the Constitution Plenary of the Island Corporation, he announced that he was resigning from his post. “We are respectful, we know that there is an agreement between CC and PP and it is my intention to favor an orderly transfer of powers, so we make ourselves available to collaborate in that process,” he explained before announcing his resignation.
In subsequent statements to the media, the recently elected president explained that “we understood that we had to make ourselves available so that this transition is, as far as possible, brief and avoid the unfortunate spectacle of four years ago, when CC resisted to respect the law and that the motion of censure be made. The majorities are what they are and, therefore, from here what proceeds is the plenary session and I have given instructions for it. If everything goes according to schedule, it will be held next Monday, so it is not worth waiting 12 or 13 days so that there would be a motion of censure, and what we do is facilitate that process”. “With this we advance the deadlines and Tenerife continues to function,” he emphasized.
Thus, he specified that, “from the formal point of view, I continue to be president of the Cabildo until the plenary takes notice of my resignation. Therefore, next Monday there will be a plenary session to acknowledge my resignation and then I will convene another to establish the new Government and president of the Corporation. This plenary session, as he indicated, “will be very similar to that of the town halls, with which the heads of the parties that have been presented can be presented, a vote will be taken and from there the president will be elected.”
“A new government is going to be formed according to the majorities agreed upon by the CC and PP and I have to go over to the opposition with the satisfaction of being the party with the most votes in Tenerife, and that gives us authority from the point of view from the opposition spokesperson who is certainly going to make these four entertaining”, added Pedro Martín.
In addition, he stressed that “I am already working on finishing many issues of the Cabildo, because if you really care about the Island, you cannot leave time bombs for those who come after.” The Cabildo held yesterday the plenary session for its constitution, in which Pedro Martín took office as president by virtue of the regulations in force in the insular Corporation that establishes that the list with the most votes must assume the presidency in the first instance, in this case the PSOE. However, CC and PP had already announced an agreement to present a motion of censure, which they were going to register today and which would give the presidency of the next legislature to Rosa Dávila (CC), in a plenary session that would take place on the 12th of July.
One of the unknowns after Pedro Martín announcing his resignation was whether the CC and PP would maintain the presentation of said motion of censure, which is ruled out based on the subsequent statements made by the CC spokespersons, Rosa Dávila, and the PP, Lope Afonso. . “The administrative process changes, but the objective does not change, which is to provide Tenerife with a solid and stable government in the Cabildo, that is what we have embodied in our political agreement and now what we are going to do is have the opportunity to advance it . In the end, what we achieved in practice is to reduce deadlines and form a government at a time before the one that would otherwise have been drawn”, affirmed Rosa Dávila.
And he stressed that “the agreement between PP and CC was clear and known to all, so we are grateful for avoiding the process from being more cumbersome.”
Asked Rosa Dávila if she already saw herself as president, she asked to “wait until Monday”, when the plenary session is called, because she likes to “go little by little”, and emphasized that “the roadmap remains the same, a broad and solid majority for provide the Island with a strong and stable government”.
Asked if, by not registering the motion of censure, they fear that there could be another throughout the legislature, they answered no. “Our political agreement is based on mutual trust, loyalty and commitment, so our vision of the Island will be the same for these four years and there will be no reason to change either the majority or the political approach. . So I predict that this will be a government for a long time,” said Lope Afonso.
The plenary session of the Cabildo constitution took place in the noble hall of the insular Palace, which began with the constitution of the Table of Age and, later, each elected councilor was promising or swearing his position.
Due to a protocol error, the directors had to be called back one by one to deliver their corporate medals, since this was not done during the inauguration. Subsequently, Pedro Martín was proclaimed president of the Cabildo and the spokesmen for the PP, CC and Vox, who entered the Corporation, intervened.
And finally, Martín gave a radical turn to the course of the plenary session with the announcement of his resignation.