Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Vilanova ex-Mayor Candidates to Lead PSC

Late October this year, the Catalan socialists PSC will hold a congress which promises to be exciting, since the election of a new leader will also outline the future political platform. Joan Igansi Elena, ex-Mayor of Vilanova i la Geltrú (Garraf), is first to present his candidature. Within the party, he comes from a faction often called the obiolistes - formally organized as Nou Cicle – which maintained a critical distance to the former leader José Montilla, and which works for a more open and more catalanista profile. Joan Ignasi Elena is believed to have strong support among the municipal representatives and the youth movement of the party, but will most likely run against political heavyweights such as Miquel Iceta – with a long experience on the Catalan as well as Spanish level – and Àngel Ros – sitting Mayor of Lleida.

Personally, I hope that Joan Ignasi Elena will not burn himself out prematurely, fighting against a machine under influence from PSOE. We here in Vilanova know our former Mayor as an honest and very modest man, something which certainly cannot be said about all politicians in Catalonia or the rest of Spain.

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