The Popular Party was the party with the most votes in the July 23 elections, but it fell short of what was important: gaining the majority of Congress deputies. Four seats, specifically. However, in the rest of the institutions the popular ones accumulate the greatest share of power in their history. The PP presides over 11 of the 17 autonomous communities and is vice president Canary Islands. And he governs in the two autonomous cities. It has the municipalities of Madrid, Valencia, Sevilla, Zaragoza, Valladolid, Málaga o Albacete, among other. And, furthermore, it has the absolute majority in the Senate.
To that enormous share of power will be added tomorrow the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP), which will no longer be led by the socialist Abel Caballero to make way for a president of the PP. The popular They already have the necessary endorsements to achieve an absolute majority in the plenary session of the federation, and they are only waiting for Alberto Núñez Feijóo to decide the balance between the possible candidates.
The favorite for the position, according to the PP leaders consulted, is the mayor of Zaragoza, Natalia Chuecabut it cannot be ruled out yet María José Cataláfirst mayor of Valencia. And neither to Equal Gemthird option on the shortlist and mayor of Santander.
The final decision, as always happens in Feijóo’s PP, will be announced by the party leader at the last minute. The fact that both Jorge Azcón, president of Aragon, like Carlos Mazón, a Valencian baron, have proposed candidates, the name of Gema Igual has emerged, who was already vice president of the FEMP. But Santander already led the federation when the mayor was Íñigo de la Serna, and that reduces his options. However, all those consulted agree that Feijóo has expressed his good opinion of the mayor of Zaragoza on several occasions.
The FEMP is the icing on the power cake of Feijóo’s PP. The popular They have achieved sufficient numbers to preside over it after reaching an understanding with Vox and small regional parties.