A Dolon is still Mayor of Torrevieja, but it’s the Green Party leader, Jose Manuel Dolon, who replaced the Partido Popular Mayor, Eduardo Dolon, in last Saturday’s council chamber vote in the city, with the same procedure happening in every Spanish municipality. After last month’s elections, a coalition of six opposing parties brought to end 27 consecutive years of PP rule in Torrevieja, with part of the deal being that the socialist PSOE leader, Fanny Serrano, will become mayor in 2017. The new centrist Ciudadamos party voted for a change having rejected overtures from the PP to keep Eduardo Dolon in power, but they have decided to not to be part of the ruling coalition.

The PP will run Orihuela in a minority under Emilio Bascunana, although opposition parties are in a position to make life difficult if they combine their votes against him. Elsewhere, PSOE nominees got the nod from the smaller parties to oust the PP from power, with Carlos Gonzalez becoming the new Elche mayor, and  Gabriel Echavarri taking the top job in Alicante. Elsewhere, Ciudadamos abstained in the voting for San Javier’s Mayor, which means that the PP will continue to run the administration in a minority, under Jose Miguel Luengo Gallego, whilst contrary to some predictions, a deal to remove the PP from office in San Miguel de Salinas fell apart, which gives Angel Saez another four years in charge, albeit in a minority. The PP though saw Carmen Verdu lose office in Guardamar, with Jose Luis Saez of the PSOE getting minor party support which meant that Verdu’s fate was sealed.

Despite some brinkmanship and rows at the start of last week, the PSOE leader, Ximo Puig will almost certainly be the new Valencian President, after getting an agreement with Monica Oltra of the Compromis party. The PP though are set to stay in office in the Murcia region, with Presidential Pedro Antonio Sanchez trying to do deal with Ciudadamos to keep control of the regional assembly in a set of votes next week.

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