The PSOE, roughly equivalent to the Labour Party in the UK, had been in power in Alcalá for 32 years. For the last eight, the role of Alcalde was held by Arsenio Cordero, who now has to hand over the reins and return to his teaching job.
This outcome, sufficiently surprising in the "cradle of Andalucian socialism" to have made the national newspapers, was enabled by a controversial pact between the PP and the IU, who picked up four and three councillors respectively in the recent elections. The incumbent PSOE only picked up six seats on the council, losing their overall majority - by just eleven votes - on 22 May.
|"I wish you the best of luck sorting out the Lario mate ... I really do ..."|
The word on the street is that the IU offered to form a pact with the PSOE, but only if they appointed Luna as Alcalde, which Cordero was having none of. So, much to the disgust of many of the people who voted for them, they have jumped into bed with their ideological opposites. A "pact of hate", it is being called, implying that their mutual desire to oust the PSOE is stronger than their opposition to each other.
Their first joint action will be to audit the town's accounts, which have apparently not been published for eight years. The IU will then have a chance to unearth evidence of the enchufismo or favouritism that they have been complaining about for years, and the PP can review the public expenditure programme before making the massive spending cuts they have promised.
|Toscano and Luna doing a bit of|
bonding after signing the "pact of hate"
Meanwhile, here is the new Alcalde explaining that politics aren't terribly important in local politics:
Thanks to Chemary Gómez Reyes for the photos