The regional leadership of Vox in the Balearic Islands is trying to quell the rebellion that has broken out in various towns in Mallorca where the party has municipal representation. There are at least fifteen councilors who have threatened to abandon the formation and join the Mixed Group if there are no drastic changes in the leadership chaired by Ibizan Patricia de las Heras. These councilors affirm that “they feel ignored and abandoned by the management.”
In the next few days, probably on Tuesday or Wednesday, all Vox zone coordinators will be called to a meeting by the management in order to try to put an end to the revolt. Representatives of Vox in various towns in the Forana Part of Mallorca have told OKDIARIO that the situation has reached a breaking point, that they do not receive any support from the management and that the majority of coordinators have been completely marginalized. The party leadership has not wanted to comment on this conflict at the moment.
A former senior organic official of Vox explains that the complaints are directed directly against the people who now lead the party and who are Pedro Bestard, vice president of the Consell and deputy mayor in Marratxí, and Santiago Rodríguez, deputy in the Parliament. They also attack Agustín Buades, Marta Vidal and María José Verdú and, to a lesser extent, against the president of Vox in the Balearic Islands, Patricia de las Heras.
It all started before the regional elections last May when some area coordinators already complained about the little support they received from the leadership to establish the party and face the electoral campaign. “We spent time and money out of our pockets putting up tents to convey Vox’s message and then we did not receive any support to carry out the electoral campaign.”
Other councilors have insisted that they feel abandoned by the Vox regional leadership, which they accuse of acting in a dictatorial manner. They also denounce that after all the work done to establish the party and achieve a good electoral result, they have not seen any compensation and they regret that positions have been distributed to people who have not worked for the party or who were even active in Ciudadanos.
The Vox revolt in the Foreign Part has spread to most municipalities although there are four that remain loyal to the current direction of the party and they are Palma, Llucmajor, Marratxí and Bunyola. Where else have the protests against the leadership of the party intensified are Inca, Calvià, Campos, Sa Pobla and Manacor.
The last straw that has broken patience has been the appointment of Fulgencio Coll as vice president of Vox Baleares, replacing Idoia Ribas. “We have nothing against Coll but it is not presentable that we found out about the appointment through the press,” say rebel councilors who this Sunday held a meeting to debate the strategy to follow.
These councilors insist on criticizing the dictatorial decisions made by the party leadership and point out in this regard the appointment of positions or the marginalization suffered by people who have worked hard to implement Vox in the towns of Mallorca. They also mention the dismissal of a worker for having written a letter to Santiago Abascal requesting changes in the Balearic Islands.
The one who remains completely outside the conflict is Jorge Campos, former leader of Vox in the Balearic Islands and now a deputy in Congress. In fact, some councilors have commented that the party worked better under the leadership of Jorge Campos.
The internal crisis in Vox has exploded when the first clash with the PP arose over the bill to create the Office to guarantee linguistic freedom in the Balearic Islands. “It is a text neither agreed upon nor consensual and that goes against the Statute of Autonomy of the Balearic Islands,” maintains the PP.
However, Vox sources have already assured that they are not going to withdraw this initiative, contemplated in the programmatic agreement that the PP has been given by the government alone in the Balearic Islands and that this week has been registered for parliamentary processing. “They will be able to make the amendments they deem necessary,” they have settled from the formation chaired by Santiago Abascal.
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