San Fulgencio council’s controversial awarding of a 16-million-euro garbage-collection contract has been suspended by the central contractual court operated by the Ministry of Finance in Madrid.

The move comes after the 22-year contract was awarded before Christmas, with two opposition parties on the council, the PIPN and PSOE referring the matter to the court on the grounds of proper procedures not being followed in the tender process.

San Fulgencio mayor Carlos Ramírez (pictured) said that “everything was done legally”, and an appeal will now be filed by the authority, adding that if need be, “the tender will be readvertised”.

The contract was awarded  by the San Fulgencio council, on the recommendation of the government team led by Ramirez, who last year was sentenced to eight years of disqualification from public office for prevarication.

He quit the Partido Popular and five of his PP colleagues were thrown out of the party, but they continue to rule San Fulgencio with a majority along with a UPyD councillor, and they carried the vote over the refuse contract against the opposition parties in a plenary meeting last year.

Last month around 200 La Marina urbanisation residents staged a protest outside the Town Hall calling for Ramírez to resign as mayor, after being found guilty of prevarication.

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