15th May 2023 @ 8:57 am

Lanzarote’s Cabildo and four of its councils face a complicated process of pact-building after the local elections on 28th May, according to opinion polls.

Polls point to an overall win for the Socialist Party in the Cabildo, whose main candidate María Dolores Corujo will hope to serve another four years as President. However, it is unlikely that the Socialists will win the 12 seats required for an overall majority, and Corujo will have to seek the support of other parties to form a working pact.

Those other parties are likely to be Nueva Canarias and Unidas Podemos, but only if they win the number of seats required to tip the balance, and this is far from certain.

Although the Socialists formed a pact with the PP in 2019 to dislodge the CC from control, this agreement dissolved in ¨November 2021 and is unlikely to be repeated with general elections due before the end of the year.

A pact between the Coalicion Canaria (CC) and the People’s Party (PP) may also win enough seats to govern, handing the presidency to ex-Teguise Mayor Oswaldo Betancort

Pacts are also highly probable in certain municipalities.  Arrecife, Tías, Teguise and Haría are all unlikely to see absolute majorities, and the deals made in those town halls will be strongly influenced by those that take place in the Cabildo and the Canarian Government. 

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