The leader of Vox, Santiago Abascal, implemented a change in the leadership of the party in a movement characterized, among other aspects, by the openness of different territorial representatives. This action, however, does not mean that the hand is opened. The representatives of the ultraparty in the province feel aggrieved because the other two provinces of the Valencian Community have a presence. The one in Valencia was implemented by the vice president of the Generalitat, Vicente Barrera, while the one in Castellón was implemented by the president of the Valencian Cortes, Llanos Massó. Residents of Vox’s Alicante feel aggrieved again after previous events such as the dismissal of Ana Vega as speaker of the Cortes or her lack of institutional representation in the Consell or the Regional Parliament Board. However, Abascal’s proposal must be approved by the Extraordinary General Assembly, which will be held on January 27.
The lamentations between Alicante and Vox stand for two main reasons. The first is that Valencia and Castellón have representation. The second is their regret that the good results that they have achieved in the province in the past years, compared to other territories, did not serve to further the recognition of Abascal. widespread discontent This can be seen when comparing the data with Castellón’s, for example. Alicante got four and five deputies in the last two regional elections, compared to two and three in Castellón. At the national level, Alicante Vox’s vote percentage on July 23 was 16.26%, while in Castellón it was 15.91%. Regarding the number of councilors, the current numbers in Alicante are about 70, while in Castellón they hardly exceed twenty. Overall, Alicante had a higher share of votes in the general election than Valencia and Castellón. In this context, it is also unfortunate that the only relevant position at the institutional level of the province is the regional secretary of justice, Eduardo Ruiz.
The presence of Llanos Massó in Abascal’s leadership confirms the rise achieved by the so-called ultra-Catholic sector of the party in recent times. Another proof of this is the strengthening of Ignacio Garriga, who remains the sole vice president. The biggest supporters Alicante got around Abascal were Javier Ortega Smith and Iván Espinosa de los Monteros. The second is no more, while the first has been relegated to the new executive as a member, a position he shares with four regional vice presidents, among them Vicente Barrera. The other three are Juan García-Gallardo, José Ángel Antelo, and Alejandro Nolasco. “They are people with a lot of work and obligations who will only attend a meeting to give their consent to Abascal and Garriga,” said Vox’s sources in Alicante.
The provincial party has always been strongly linked to Ortega Smith, and its Alicante representatives consider that they are going through a purge after his fall from grace. In this context, the new distribution of power in the Valencian Community became visible last December when it was announced the removal of Ana Vega and her replacement by José María Llanos as the new speaker of the Cortes. This sector is also trying to control Vox in Alicante, where Ana Vega also holds the presidency at the moment. The national deputy David Garcia or the leader of Elche Aurora, was born These are some of the first names that are starting to appear for a possible sequel.
On the other hand, Barrera’s entry into Abascal Dome happened on the same day that the president of the Generalitat Valenciana, Carlos Mazón, distanced himself from his criticism of the former head of the Consell, Ximo Puig, for his participation in the tribute paid to Manuel Broseta on the occasion of the 32nd anniversary of his killing at the hands of ETA. “I don’t agree with him. I am happy that Puig came, among other things, because this is the obvious wish of Manuel Broseta’s children. And if the children of the victims of terrorism say something, for me, it is sacred,” said Mazón. Barrera criticized social networks, saying that Puig became the center of the tribute ceremony “as the PSOE handed over Spain to Otegi and the other gangs.”