Five Partido Popular councillors on the San Fulgencio authority have been expelled from the party for continuing to back the municipality’s mayor Carlos Ramirez, after he was disqualified from office on the count of prevarication connected to the awarding of sports contracts.

Ramirez resigned from the PP, but said he would not quit as mayor because he was lodging an appeal over the Orihuela court ruling. He got the backing of five of his colleagues, with the regional PP executive giving them a deadline of last Friday (as reported in the last edition of The Courier) to stop supporting him, or face being thrown out of the party.

The deadline came and went, and the San Fulgencio council is now being run by Ramirez and the expelled PP representatives along with UPyD councillor, Joel Noche Lopes, though one PP councillor, Manuel Gomez, refused to back Ramirez, and now sits on the opposition benches.

One of the opposition parties on the authority, the PIPN, has two councillors, and their president, Samantha Hull said:- “There appears to be no precedent in Spain for something like this to have happened and we are taking advice accordingly.”

“The PIPN want to know how it can be both legally and morally right for six individuals to continue in governing positions that they only have because 1,081 voters at the last election voted for the Partido Popular. They have no mandate to govern.”

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