Ringing in the changes across the Costa del Sol

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PACTS have brought in changes at many Costa town halls this weekend, with new mayors taking over in Marbella, Torremolinos, Benalmadena and Mijas.
May 24 will be remembered by many as the start of a new political era across much of the Costa del Sol. Voters relieved many long-term leaderships of their absolute majorities and pacts have ended up kicking out mayors who had thought they were safe.
Apart from Fuengirola and Estepona, where the Partido Popular renewed their absolute majorities, power has changed hands as mayors were sworn in on Saturday (June 13).
In Marbella, the socialist PSOE party has returned to power and 44-year-old Jose Bernal took the mayoral post from Angeles Muñoz following OSP Opcion Sampedreña’s decision to join a socialist pact.
Formed by PSOE, OSP, Izquierda Unida and Costa del Sol Si Puede, the new group will hold 14 seats in the council while the PP becomes the opposition with 13 seats.
The PP also lost one of its traditional Andalucian bastions in Torremolinos, where Ciudadanos, Costa del Sol Si Puede and Izquierda Unida all decided to support PSOE leader Jose Ortiz. PP candidate and acting mayor Pedro Fernandez Montes therefore had to hand over his post after 20 years.
Benalmadena was also turned red as PSOE candidate Victor Navas was sworn in as mayor thanks to support from Ciudadanos, Izquierda Unida, Costa del Sol Si Puede and local group Alternativa Por Benalmadena.
In Mijas, following days of uncertainty as to the council’s future, a last-minute pact between Partido Popular and Ciudadanos saw the leader of the later, Juan Carlos Maldonado, sworn in as mayor while former mayor Angel Nozal will be deputy mayor and second in command.

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