Casado Yields To The Barons And Accepts An Extraordinary Congress

Casado Yields To The Barons And Accepts An Extraordinary Congress

The president of the PP, Pablo Casado , has yielded to the pressure of territorial barons, part of his leadership and deputies and senators and has included in the agenda of the National Board of Directors that will be held next week the convening of an extraordinary congress to organize your estate .

According to party sources, the National Board of Directors, which is the highest body of the PP between congresses, will finally be held on Tuesday, March 1 , after complaints from the Andalusian president, Juan Manuel Moreno, who reproached the leadership for setting the call for February 28, Day of Andalusia. “It is not correct to make us choose between the day of our community and attendance at a PP body,” he said.

The nine hours of meeting this past Monday had led to a call for the National Board of Directors, the highest decision-making body between party congresses and with the capacity to convene an extraordinary congress with a maximum term of 45 days .

Casado heard from Cuca Gamarra, Javier Maroto and Dolors Montserrat, the three spokespersons for the party in Congress, the Senate and the European Parliament, respectively, who would consider resigning if this deadline is not met. A condition that the leader of the PP has fulfilled today.

Many of the barons of the party urged Casado to take urgent measures due to the impossibility of reaching the ordinary congress in July in these conditions.

Who can call an extraordinary council?
The celebration of an extraordinary congress is a decision that is made within the National Board of Directors, which is the highest body between congresses, and can respond to two types of initiatives, with and without the consent of the president of the PP. On the one hand, it may be the party leader who proposes and convenes it, as Rajoy did in 2018 after the motion of censure that evicted him from Moncloa. Transferred to the current situation, it would be up to Casado to convene this body to propose the congress that would remove him from office.

The other alternative is that the National Board of Directors decides without their consent. According to the statutes, an extraordinary congress will be convened if so decided by at least two thirds of the around 300 members that form it, among which are the leadership of the PP, the deputies, senators and MEPs of the PP, its regional presidents and spokespersons in all the regional chambers or the PP spokespersons in cities with more than 500,000 inhabitants.

How long will the conference take?
The PP statutes set a “minimum” period of a month and a half between its call -eventually next Monday- and its celebration , which could be cut to just one month “in cases of exceptional urgency”. In this case, the call must state “the reason for calling and the causes underlying the urgency”.

The closest precedent, the extraordinary congress in which Rajoy handed over to Casado, was held on July 20 and 21, 2018, less than a month and a half after it was convened, on the previous June 11.

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