María Chivite was sworn in this Tuesday afternoon as president of Navarra, having obtained one more vote in favor than against (21 to 20) in the second vote in the Provincial Parliament. Unai Hualde, president of the Chamber, has proclaimed it as such in an act that lasted barely a quarter of an hour and in which the 50 elect voted. Just 24 hours after her candidacy was rejected in the first vote, without an absolute majority, Chivite (PSN) has managed to be re-elected at the head of a government coalition similar to the one she has led from 2019 until the last municipal elections and regional governments on May 28. The 11 affirmative votes of the PSN, the 7 of Geroa Bai and the 3 of Contigo-Zurekin have added 21 yeses, more support than the 20 noes that the right-wing and ultra-right front (UPN, PP and Vox) have gathered. As already happened 4 years ago, in her first inauguration, the abstention of the 9 seats of EH Bildu have allowed the election of Chivite to once again lead a minority regional executive.
The plenary session of the Parliament of Navarra was convened at 5:20 p.m. on a day in which half the regional community lives the big day of its festivities and many citizens return from summer vacations or the Ascension Bridge. The 50 members of the Navarra legislative chamber have come at that time only to vote, without debates or interventions, beyond the calls that the members of the table have made to each of the components of the parliamentary arc in alphabetical order to deposit the ballot in the ballot box. The investiture is one of the few parliamentary acts in which a secret vote is required and the excitement has been maintained until the first secretary, Yolanda Ibáñez, has proclaimed the result out loud the second time. On the first occasion, she was wrong because she, she has said, she has “betrayed her subconscious”: 20 affirmative votes, 20 negative and 9 abstentions. Immediately afterwards, she has rectified with the true data: 21 affirmative votes, 20 negative, 9 abstentions.
Unai Hualde (Geroa Bai) will now communicate the result of the vote to King Felipe VI so that he can sign the decree appointing María Chivite as president and subsequently publish it in the Official State Gazette. As this Tuesday is a festive day, we will have to wait until Thursday the 17th, in parallel with the constitution of the Cortes Generales in Madrid, for the second inauguration of Chivite. It will be in the atrium of Parliament at 11:30 a.m. and it will be the acting first vice president, Nadia Calviño, who will represent the central government in this act. The other two regional presidents that the PSOE maintains after 28-M will also attend, the Asturian Adrián Barbón and the Castilian-La Mancha Emiliano García-Page. The Basque Lehendakari of the PNV, Iñigo Urkullu, will also attend the event.
The inauguration of the 13 members of the second Chivite government is scheduled for Friday at noon in the Throne Room of the Palacio de Navarra. In that event, the third vice president and acting Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, will represent the central Executive.
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The distribution of councils has been the aspect that has generated the most tension among the partners of the current executive, since Geroa Bai lost two seats in May, but wanted to maintain the same institutional weight as in the last 4 years. She will finally maintain four departments and has appointed her leader, Uxue Barkos, to occupy the seat of senator by designation of the Provincial Parliament, so the president between 2015 and 2019 will leave the Chamber this fall. Eight departments will be run by socialists and Contigo-Zurekin: the Housing portfolio. The Government will have three vice-presidencies. The first will be occupied by Félix Taberna, from the PSN; the second, Ana Ollo, from Geroa Bai, and the third, the leader of Contigo-Zurekin, Begoña Alfaro.
After this investiture, the only government that has not been formed after the May 28 elections is that of Murcia, where the lack of agreement between PP and Vox has prevented the formation of a sufficient parliamentary majority. The deadline is next September 7; then the term to bring positions closer and avoid a new call will expire, which the current regional president, Fernando López Miras, wants to avoid.
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