It’s all change in a town in Almeria because currently Albox has no mayor. Or does it? The Supreme Court has convicted the current ruling mayor, Rogelio Mena, for “systematically” denying the PP opposition party access to public records.
The court has banned Rogelio Mena from public office for two and a half years. Albox PSOE immediately announced Mena’s intention to appeal the decision and he will carry on as Mayor after being sworn in on June 13 after he triumphed in the recent elections.
The court case was instigated after an allegation by the PP that procurement files and invoices, pertaining to three companies involved in the Albox recycling plant project, were held back from the PP when they repeatedly requested access to them during November 2013.
The ruling stated that Rogelio Mena “has consistently impeded the work of opposition” with regard to the head of Albox’s Partido Popular, Juan Pedro Perez Quiles.
Mena has constantly denied the allegations. He said: “This judgement is clearly wrong by giving more credibility to the accusation of an opposition that has played dirty during the last four years.”
Today (June 10), the provincial PSOE announced that Mena will not resume as acting mayor despite gaining the absolute majority in the vote in May. Secretary General of Almeria province, José Luis Sánchez Teruel, announced: “The PSOE will not allow a sentenced mayor in its ranks. Other parties should take note.”
Comment: If the mayor IS removed and not permitted by the PSOE to remain in office during the appeal… then does the baton then pass to the person who was number two in the list in the recent local elections? If that is the case, then Albox will have an Irish mayor – Maura Hillen. Perhaps someone with more experience of politics knows how that system works?
Comment #2: Apparently, if a party received a majority vote, then yes – the baton passes. Otherwise the opposing parties will clamour for control. One thing’s for sure… Albox will be worth watching during the coming week
Comment #3: Update. With the removal of Rogelio, the PSOE has now lost its slim majority – so look out for the free for all battle.
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