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Record-breaking Pride event leads to Vox split at Torremolinos town hall

Lucía Cuín, fourth from the left, at the unfurling of the LGBT+ flag on the town hall balcony.
Lucía Cuín, fourth from the left, at the unfurling of the LGBT+ flag on the town hall balcony. / SUR
  • The far-right group has called for a newly elected Torremolinos councillor to give up her seat after she helped unfurl the rainbow flag

Last week's Pride festivities in Torremolinos, which brought a record-breaking 60,000 visitors to the town, have also led to a local crisis among the newcomer far-right party Vox.

The second of the group's two councillors who won seats in the recent municipal elections has left the party after being reprimanded for attending the Pride events.

Lucía Cuín joined other municipal representatives on the town hall balcony last week to unfurl the LGBT+ rainbow flag as part of the festival. She did so, she said to show her support for the "culture, traditions and an important collective". Her presence however angered the more reactionary factions in Vox, which called for Cuín to give up her council seat.

The new councillor has refused, arguing that she has "done nothing wrong", and instead has resigned from the party. Vox has since wiped all mention of Cuín from its social media.

Cuín's switch from Vox to being an independent councillor could complicate the path of the PP's Margarita del Cid towards becoming mayor of Torremolinos.

Del Cid, with nine seats, can now only count for certain on one Vox vote to help her reach a majority on 15 June.

Meanwhile the acting mayor, the Socialist José Ortiz, who finished just 600 votes and one seat behind Del Cid, could retain his place in the mayor's office if Cuín, as well as centre-right Ciudadanos and left-wing Adelante Torremolinos, decided to support him.

Cuín has connections with the PSOE as her partner is the local Socialist group's municipal secretary, even though the political ideology of the PP is closer to that of her former party, Vox.

What started as the institutional opening of the town's annual event to call for visibility and recognition of the LGBT community could have influenced the course of local politics over the next four years.

The town still has a lot of pieces to fit into the puzzle though before the investiture session on 15 June.