Cuca Gamarra (PP) speaks with Vox deputy Juan Luis Steegman of Vox during the Permanent Deputation of Congress in Madrid in the summer of 2020.ANDREA COMAS
The Vox crisis worsens. Added to the departure of the spokesman for his parliamentary group, Iván Espinosa de los Monteros, is the resignation of the doctor Juan Luis Steegmann, who was supposed to occupy the seat that he has left vacant. Steegmann has also resigned as a member of the National Executive Committee (CEE), the highest body of the party after the general assembly, of which he was a member. Days after the July 23 elections, in which the ultra party lost 19 of its 52 seats, the CEN held a “stormy meeting” in which the doctor was very critical of the way in which the vice president of Political Action, Jorge Buxade. he led the electoral campaign, according to Vox sources.
For several days there has been speculation about the ultra formation with which the respected hematologist would not occupy the seat that Espinosa de los Monteros had vacated and that corresponded to him as number six on the Vox list for Madrid. This afternoon, the resignation has been confirmed through a message that Steegmann himself has addressed to the president of the party, Santiago Abascal. and that has been advanced by Libertad Digital.
“On July 24, the door closed to continue being a deputy, and it was the reason that he presented his resignation in the Vox national executive committee,” the text states. “Now the door of Congress opens again, but I am not going to enter through it,” he adds, after describing the resignation of Espinosa de los Monteros as “sad and surprising”, to whom he expresses his “deep admiration”, stressing that his role “has been essential for the stage of the 52 of Vox to be one of the most important of my life.” Steegmann does not explain the reason why he is resigning from continuing to be a deputy, but his words of praise for the former spokesman for the Parliamentary Group make it clear that he is aligned with him in distancing himself from the party leadership, which is controlled by Vice President for Political Action Jorge Buxadé .
After thanking Abascal “with loyalty, sincerity and affection” for having given him the opportunity to have been part of the Congress of Deputies; what he has done, he adds, “trying to ensure that the dignity of the position is translated into the best service to the health of the Spanish, to Spain, and to Vox”, he says goodbye with these words: “Thanking you from the bottom of my heart for what that you need and Vox requires”.
Steegmann joined Vox due to his personal relationship with Abascal and had a leading role in the ultra group during the pandemic, for confronting the then Minister of Health, Salvador Illa. However, his defense of covid vaccines earned him the hostility of the most fanatical sectors of the party who mounted campaigns against him on social networks, accusing him of having been bought by pharmaceutical companies.
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