3rd Jun 2023 @ 9:30 am

A pact between the Coalición Canaria (CC) and the Partido Popular (PP) looks likely to bring Fernando Clavijo back as the President of the Canarian Government.

Although the Socialists won the most votes in the regional elections, they did not win enough seats for an overall majority, and will be unable to replicate the pact they reached with other parties in 2019. 

The PP and CC won a total of 34 seats, still not enough to form the required majority of 36 in the 70-seat parliament , but the support of small independent parties on El Hierro and La Gomera will be key. Meetings are currently taking place on the main islands that make the CC/PP pact look increasingly likely, with Clavijo, who was President of the Canaries from 2015 to 2019,  as President and PP leader Manuel Domínguez as Vice-President.

A PP/CC pact at Canarian level would strongly increase the likelihood of a similar arrangement in Lanzarote’s Cabildo, as well as the important Ayuntamientos of Arrecife and Teguise.

No pact has been formally announced yet, and as winner of the most seats, Socialist leader Ángel Victor Torres still retains the right to be first to try and form a government . However, his options of doing so are not looking hopeful. 

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