The elections for the Andalusian Government take place on the 25th of March.
For the fifth time, Javier Arenas, the president of the PP party in Andalusia, has been presented as the candidate to confront the ruling PSOE party. The polls currently show a possible change in favour of the PP after 34 years. If the PP conquests Andalusia, they will be governing in 12 of the 17 autonomous regions in Spain. The PSOE would only be governing in the Basque Country. Andalucia is the only autonomous region of Spain that has never changed hands politically since democracy was introduced to Spain in 1975 and since Andalucia was decreed an autonomous region in 1981.
The high unemployment & the corruption are once again, the main theme in the electoral propaganda, which is only the fault of the PSOE. With this theme, Rajoy conquested the country in November 2011. This will become the first time since 1996 that an Andalusian parliamentary election is not held concurrently with a Spanish general election.
Recent polls show that the PP party will win the elections but an overall majority is not clear yet as the PSOE party could merge with Izquierda Unida (IU) and form a coalition government.
If the PP wins and obtains the majority needed to make changes in Andalucia, many years of dead-lock between PP local councils and the Junta de Andalucia could be over. One such example from a local level is the future location of the Nerja port, under discussion for over thirty years, its location still to be finally decided between the municiplaties of Torrox or Nerja.
ERE Scandal in Andalucia
EX-Employment Minister Javier Guerrero has been sent to prison by the judge Alaya after months of investigation into a scandal effecting the PSOE party of an alledged “slush fund” within the Employment Department designed for retirement pay offs and to aid companies struggling in the crisis. But numerous people, many of whom were in fact related to PSOE, received money despite not meeting the requirements and in fact often without ever having a relationship to the companies in question. In recent weeks Javier Guerrero’s chauffeur Juan Francisco Trujillo told a court that they often went out together using these funds for visiting nighs clubs and taking cocaine.
There are further allegations that Iván Chaves, the son of the previous President of the Junta, the current Minister for Territorial Policy, Manuel Chaves, acted as a mediator between several companies and the Junta de Andalucía.
Whilst the investigation continues and at the worst possible time for the PSOE party just 2 weeks away from the Andalucian elections, rumours circulate as to who is really responsible for these payments within the PSOE party.