Susana Díaz may be President of Andalucía after all next week, after her two predecessors Manuel Chaves & José Griñán both announced they would quit politics at the next elections. It is impossible for Susana to become President at next weeks investiture without the support of some of the opposition parties, and both Podemos & Cuidadanos have drawn “lines in the sand” which Susana’s PSOE party have to agree to first. The first of the Continue reading Chaves & Griñán thrown to the judicial wolves to save the PSOE-A
Judge Alaya has formally requested the presence of the legal defense teams of ex-Presidents Griñán (he quit last week) and former President Chaves, the two former leaders of Andalucia, in the massive ERE corruption scandal rocking Andalucia. The ERE scandal, for the uninitiated, is an investigation into the crooked payment of illegal pensions and redundancy payments (using over a billion euros of tax payers money) to political buddies in state owned companies across Andalucia. So Continue reading Judge goes after Griñan and Chaves in corruption scandal rocking Andalucias government
Manos Limpias, the national group dedicated to fighting corruption in public office, has announced that they have lodged a personal criminal complaint (querella) against Jose Griñán (President of Andalucía), Manuel Chaves (ex-President of Andalucía and third VP of Spain under Zapatero in the last government), and the Andalucian ex-ministers Gaspar Zarrías and José Antonio Viera. The complaint alledges that the politicians spent hundreds of millions of euros of public funds via slush funds in paying Continue reading Anticorruption group launches criminal corruption complaint against Andalucia President & ministers involved in ERE case
The Transition of Power went off smoothly. Manuel Chaves has resigned and gone “upstairs” to Madrid to be one of the good ole boys running the country (VP & Minister of Terretorial Cooperation). His buddie José Antonio Griñán is now President, and no deaths have been reported in Seville. No word on how he’s afforded the plane flight on his saving of only €3000. The new President-For-Life has already announced that he will be staying Continue reading As in the best of dictatorships…
President-for-life Manuel Chaves is to leave his position as President of Andalucía, and will take up an important position in the central Government, as head of Territorial Organisation, and as one of three new Vice Presidents Zapatero is creating. After 19 years in the job, he is handing over to Nº2 – José Antonio Griñán. ZP is expected to announce a major cabinet reshuffle next Tuesday, when he will remove current Finance Minister Solbes and Continue reading Manuel Chaves to quit as President of Andalucía
The Andalucia Historic Debt (Deuda Histórica de Andalucía) is a somewhat fuzzy concept of how much Spain has had out of Andalucía, versus what Andalucía has had out Spain. Some people calculate it from the late 1800’s. The central government tried to define the concept in 1978, and again in 1981 with the Fondo Compensación Interterritorial (Interterritorial Compensation Fund), but naturally enough Catalunya was miffed that they weren’t getting “enough”. Ignoring the fact that so Continue reading Chaves liquidates the historic debt with Andalucia – only €95 a head?
The País Vasco is the Basque Country, Spain’s answer to Northern Ireland. Rugged, beautiful, with a strange language unconnected to the main patois and a fierce independent spirit. It recently had an election, along with Galicia. If you want the breakdown on the seats won, click here. Basically, PNV (the main nationalist party that has controlled the regional parliment since democracy) got 30 seats. PSE-PSOE got 24. P.P. got 13. Aralar (another nationalist party) got Continue reading Is the PSOE about to snatch the post of Lehendakari from the nationalists?
Gabriel Amat, leader of the Partido Popular (PP) in Almería, used a press conference in the municipality of Fondón to complain about the vast amount of money being spent by PSOE and President-for-life Chaves on advertising, despite their calls for “austerity”. It seems that in the 2009 budget, despite a lot of trimming and cutting out of pet projects such as the renovation of the Cable Íngles, a new hospital, new courts for Roquetas del Continue reading Junta spends too much on advertising, complains PP(AL)