Possible power share in Vélez-Málaga and "nothing ruled out"

  • The recent local election resulted in no party winning an absolute majority

Following a very close election result in Vélez-Málaga, with no party winning an absolute majority, the leader of the Partido Popular (PP), Francisco Delgado Bonilla, has offered the opposition PSOE the opportunity to split the four-year term between them.

Delgado Bonilla's suggestion would mean that the PSOE, which won seven seats on the council, continues to lead the town hall for the next two years, with the PP taking over the reins from June 2021 until the next elections in 2023.

In the last term of office the PSOE, along with the independent Torre del Mar group, GIPMTM, and an independent councillor, formed a coalition government.

Speaking to SUR earlier this week, Delgado Bonilla, whose party won nine seats this time, said, "It is the moment to leave personal disputes aside." The PSOE won seven seats, as did GIPMTM, five more than the two it gained in the 2015 elections.

The PP leader said he was waiting for a response to his proposal from the PSOE and has asked for a meeting with GIPMTM about a possible coalition. He said, "All options are open. I am ruling nothing out."