20th Aug 2023 @ 8:13 am

Teguise Ayuntamiento has appointed Vox councillor Ginés González to take charge of the areas of Local Police, Civil Protection and Traffic, prompting criticism from opposition parties.

It is the first time that a member of the far-right party has assumed official duties in any Canarian institution, and seemingly goes against a commitment not to enter pacts with Vox made by Fernando Clavijo, the leader of the Coalición Canaria (CC) and current Canarian President.

Teguise’s CC Mayor Olivia Duque failed to win the May elections, but managed to put together a majority with the support of the PP and the lone Vox councillor.

Marcos Bergáz, whose Socialists won more votes than any other party in May, described the appointment of González as “No surprise. We knew that Clavijo would go back on his word at some point.”

Teguise council’s ruling group said “The incorporation of Ginés González is a show of democratic pluralism that ensures the management of the real problems that affect residents, and has nothing to do with political diatribes or scaremongering”. 

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