CAMPO DE GIBRALTAR Below we offer a comprehensive view of the various investiture ceremonies that took place at all seven of our municipalities on Saturday. If you have been following the results of the elections, you will know that most of the Town Halls will be under new management as from Monday. You will notice that the investiture speeches have a common thread: promises, promises, promises. It remains to be seen if they are carried out over the next four years.>>>
|José Ignacio Landaluce|
ALGECIRAS José Ignacio Landaluce, the outspoken former spokesperson for the PP on matters involving Gibraltar, took his oath of office thanks to his party having won an overwhelming majority of 16 seats on the Council (6 went to the PSOE, 3 to Izquierda Unida, and 2 to the PA). In his speech, Landaluce said he and his team would be "working hard for Algeciras to become more competitive, better provided and more willing to be enjoyed by all the residents. A capital Algeciras."
CASTELLAR DE LA FRONTERA had been holding its communal breath to find out what the one elected PP member would do with her vote at the ceremony (See She has the key). In the end, Pilar Lobato voted for the IU and not herself. So, Izquierda Unida's five votes got another one and thus displaced the PSOE's Francisco Vaca's 16 year reign as Mayor. Although his party received the most votes at the elction, they did not have enough for an absolute majority, so the Mayorship was at stake. The new Mayor is Juan Casanova.
|Guillermo Ruiz, left|
JIMENA DE LA FRONTERA The end of an era is in the making. As we have been reporting, the Mayor-elect, Francisco Pineda, is in hospital, having had a brain haemorrage during the campaign. So all the Councillors-elect swore their oath of office, with the exception of Pineda. Another Council Session was called for tomorrow, Monday, for Pineda to appear or have his place taken by the third on the electoral list, Guillermo Ruiz, who is slated to become the next Mayor, representing the PP after almost 40 years of PSOE hegemony. At the end of the ceremony, Ruiz was greeted by the former Mayor, Pascual Collado, within our earshot. "I'm here to help," said Collado. The actual Mayoral investiture will take place tomorrow.
|Juan Carlos Ruiz Boix|
|Juan Andrés Gil|