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Colau keeps Barcelona, and Madrid goes to PP with help from Vox

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Analysis. The Catalan mayor Ada Colau accepts the support of Manuel Valls to remain in her seat, while the capital changes hands.

written by Luca Tancredi Barone

Topic European Union


June 16, 2019

As of Saturday, every Spanish city has a newly installed mayor. According to Spanish law, the municipal councils must meet 20 days after the vote and elect the mayor: either a majority of councilors chooses a candidate, or the leader of the group that got the most votes takes up the position.

In Barcelona, incumbent mayor Ada Colau secured a majority in the council vote and remains the most important “change” mayor still in office, set to lead Barcelona for another four years.

After her attempt to build a three-party coalition involving Barcelona en Comú, the Socialists and Esquerra Republicana (which, under the leadership of Ernest Maragall, got a little more votes than Barcelona en Comú) failed, Colau had to choose between two alternatives: either give up her position to Maragall (with or without a coalition deal), or agree to accept the support of former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who has broken with his party, Ciudadanos, and who announced that in order to avoid having a separatist (Maragall) elected as mayor, he would offer the votes of his group to Colau.

Faced with enormous pressures before these two unpalatable........

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