By Sarah Keane •
Published: 19 Mar 2021 • 18:24
MADRID’S former president Angel Garrido to quit politics for good
Former president of the Community of Madrid and recent Minister of Transport Angel Garrido has announced on Friday, March 19 that he intends to leave active politics after 25 years.
In a statement, Mr Garrido said that “politics has changed” and that right now there is “bloc politics, radicalism and to a great extent tension”, for him “the worst scenario that can be raised “.
“I recognize my inability to adapt to this new scenario, which is not the fault of politics, but mine,” he added.
During his time in public life, the former president has sat on both the Pinto and Madrid City Councils after joining the CDS in 1989. He has also presided over the District Boards of Villa de Vallecas, Latina, Chamberí, Usera and Retiro.
In his farewell statement, he stated that “he had more than decided to leave politics once this term was completed”, and added that “this should be the time to say goodbye.”
He will complete this final stretch of the legislature as a deputy of the Madrid Assembly, but he has already asked Ciudadanos “not to be included in the electoral lists” on May 4.
“I end my political life with a phrase from the person who inspired me to undertake this adventure, Adolfo Suarez: ‘I belong by conviction and spirit to a majority of citizens who wish to speak a moderate language, of harmony and conciliation’,” he concluded.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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