Agustina Esteve, presents her candidacy for Congress

20-N: NOVEMBER 20, is just a couple of days away and with it will come Spain’s general election and a new Spanish Premier.

Last week in the ‘Virgin del Carmen Cultural Centre’, Torrevieja’s conservative Partido Popular presented the PP’s candidate number 11 for the Congreso de los Diputados, torrevejense Agustina Esteve, supported by candidate number one for the Senate, Miguel Campoy, former Torrevieja Mayor Pedro Hernandez Mateo, current Mayor Eduardo Dolón, and candidate for the Senate, Jose Juan Zaplana.

The political rally was more a flag waving exercise than anything else, with the packed auditorium full of PP supporters who heard rhetoric from all on stage about the present state of Spain, the refusal of outgoing Socialist President Zapatero to acknowledge or recognise that Spain was in Crisis mode for almost two years and the ‘fact’ that Torrevieja has been a victim of direct discrimination by the present Socialist PSOE government in Madrid.

Hernandez Mateo has been very critical of Rodriguez Zapatero’s Coalition Socialist Government from the outset, describing it as the “greatest misfortune in the history of democracy in Spain.”

Mateo reiterated that the PSOE has deceived and mistreated Valencia and the torrevejenses, with promises that they have failed to fulfil, such as the construction of a National Police Station, leaving Torrevieja as the only city in Spain with a population of more than 100,000 without one, while the PSOE built 14 other National Police Stations, in smaller cities, all of them governed by socialist mayors!

Meanwhile, in Torrevieja, the Partido Popular feel confident that Agustina Esteve will be the city’s voice in congress and be a force to help overturn the lack of commitment shown by the Socialist Government, who have the denied the city the title of being a Tourist Destination (but making Pilar de la Horadada one, when they had a Socialist mayor!), stopped work on the unique ‘snail’ relaxation centre beside the salt lakes, not working on the extension of the N332 through Torrevieja, enforced a Desalination Plant on the city which Torrevieja does not want nor need, and most importantly, turning their back on the safety and security of the citizens of Torrevieja by refusing to construct a National Police Station in the city, leading to uncertainty and a drop in numbers of Guardia Civil, who are unsure of their future role in the security of the city of salt. All of the fun and games will start on November 20.

By Keith Nicol

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