MADRID, 21 Jul. (EUROPA PRESS) –
Members of the critical sector of Ciudadanos have expressed their support for the spokesperson in the Lleida City Council, Ángeles Ribes, after she denounced that the national leadership of the party has tried to carry out a “purge” and remove her from her position due to the discrepancies that have occurred. publicly stated regarding decisions of the Executive headed by Inés Arrimadas.
Pedro Miret, the only representative of the critical current Renovadores Cs who managed to be recently elected as a member of the General Council of Citizens, has wondered if there is anyone who continues to think that “you can build and lead a party against its foundations. “.
“Only with leaderships from the grassroots will we be able to continue forward,” he wrote in a message on Twitter in which he expressed his support for the spokesperson in the Lleida Town Hall and pointed out that “leaderships are won, they are not imposed” .
As Ribes herself explained this Wednesday at a press conference, the municipal group of Cs, made up of three councilors, had received an email from the party’s Institutional Action Secretariat. In this e-mail – whose content Ribes has published on his Twitter account – they were informed that the spokesperson should pass into the hands of the mayor María Burrel and asked that this change be made effective before next Friday.
TWO OF THE THREE COUNCILORS DISOBEY THE PARTY
However, Ribes and councilor José María Córdoba disobeyed the order received. In a vote during a meeting held on Tuesday, they decided that the until now spokesperson in the City Council would retain this position, that Burrel would cease to be deputy spokesperson and that Córdoba would occupy this position.
For its part, the leadership of Ciudadanos in Lleida has confirmed that Ribes “has refused to accept the decision to relieve her of her post”, which responds to “the will of the party to offer a renewed image that represents liberal and progressive values” that Cs defends in the whole of Spain and “of which it is public and notorious that Ribes has been disagreeing for a long time”.
The national leadership has not given any explanation to Europa Press on this issue, but it is not the first time that the Executive has found that representatives of the party in municipalities or regional parliaments do not abide by its decisions.
Ángeles Ribes belongs to Renovadores Cs, a group formed by militants, ex-militants and sympathizers of the orange formation who demand a re-founding of the party, with “a new participatory culture that excites members and a new strategy” that allows “to recover credibility in the face of the Spanish and return to the path of electoral success “.
THE DIRECTION OF Cs “TAKES US ALL TO THE ABYSS”
Ribes, who has been accompanied at the press conference by another member of Renovadores Cs, Miguel Ángel Ibáñez, councilor at the Gavá City Council (Barcelona), maintains that the national direction of Ciudadanos has tried to make a “purge” against her only two days after the political convention that the party held last weekend in Madrid.
“I want to make one thing clear: Ciudadanos is full of absolutely committed and wonderful people. But this directive leads us all to the abyss,” warned the councilor, who, after the collapse of Cs in the Catalan elections last February, claimed ” renewal and self-criticism “, without” censorship or disqualification “by the Executive to those who think differently.
Sergio Sanz, María Valle and Carmen de Rivera, former deputies in the Parliament of Catalonia who also joined Renovadores Cs, have transferred their support to Ribes, highlighting their “commitment and loyalty” to the party’s project. “A party that wants to be an image of seriousness and credibility before its voters cannot be dictatorial with its positions and its bases,” Valle said.