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Councillor breaks coalition pact at Mijas town hall

Flashback to Martínez (l), signing with Ciudadanos and PSOE.
Flashback to Martínez (l), signing with Ciudadanos and PSOE. / I.G.
  • Francisco Martínez made a surprise announcement that he was breaking the pact with PSOE and Ciudadanos and accused the two parties of failing to comply with agreements made around seven months ago

The political life of Mijas took another turn last week after Costa del Sol Sí Puede (CSSP) councillor Francisco Martínez made a surprise announcement that he was breaking the pact with PSOE and Ciudadanos and accused the two parties of failing to comply with agreements made around seven months ago.

This once again places the ruling team in a precarious position, because the seven PSOE councillors and five from Ciudadanos are still one short of an overall majority. That will make it difficult to gain approval for key plans in future council meetings, and also puts approval of the final budget for next year at risk.

Martínez said he had taken the decision because matters agreed in the pact were not being fulfilled and only about five per cent of promised investments had been put into effect. He said the agreements need to be reviewed because the expectations of the people of Mijas are not being met. He also considers that "internal problems" within the governing team and a "lack of political and institutional leadership" also played a part in his decision.

The mayor of Mijas, Juan Carlos Maldonado (Ciudadanos), says 70 per cent of agreements have been fulfilled, but maybe other parties are disinclined to continue because the local elections are coming up.