Cs leaders promote a congress to remove Arrimadas from the presidency

National and regional leaders of Ciudadanos are organizing to try to force the convening of a extraordinary congress to take out Inés Arrimadas of the party presidency, as he learned Vozpópuli from solvent sources of the centrist party.

This path, which has never been explored in the history of the orange formation, has gained strength in the last hours after the debacle in the Catalans of 14-F and before Arrimadas’ refusal to assume political responsibilities for the very strong decline in seats in the region where the party was born 15 years ago, in which Ciudadanos has gone from 36 to six deputies.

The possibility of an extraordinary congress is being debated by national deputies and senators, as well as by regional parliamentarians. Moreover, according to sources close to the national leadership, this scenario came out in a moment of the tense meeting of this Monday of the National Executive, in which Arrimadas and his ‘number two’, Carlos Square, they avoided taking responsibility for the 14-F.

Its promoters, who prefer to remain anonymous for the moment, believe that to flourish an internal motion against Arrimadas, the latter I could continue as orange spokesperson in the Congress of Deputies and that the party presidency, as well as the formation of a new strategy team, assume it another person who has not been in the current national address.

Inés Arrimadas at a press conference in the Congress of Deputies.

If that hypothetical internal motion triumphs and Inés Arrimadas decides to depart from the first political line by being disallowed, then the party would be doomed to elect a new leader from among his ten lower house deputies since it is essential that the party leader can challenge the Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez.

This Monday there were two representatives of the Congress – case of Pablo Cambronero Y Marta Martin– who joined the pressure of national and regional parliamentarians for the leadership to react to the poor results of 14-F with resignations or dismissals. But the cited sources emphasize that there are more orange deputies willing to step up if there was a power vacuum in Ciudadanos.

The motion of censure

Article 69.3 of the Statutes of the orange formation establishes that the Executive committee may be removed by approval of a motion of censure. This requires that, at least, one third of the militancy promote the convocation of an extraordinary General Assembly whose only point of the day is the debate and approval of said motion.

The affiliation of Cs is currently around 16,000 militants, so the promoters of said motion would need between 5,000 and 6,000 accessions. A bar that they believe is possible to reach due to internal opposition to the current national leadership in autonomous communities such as Andalusia, the Valencian Community, Madrid, Aragón or Extremadura.

If this barrier is overcome, the request to hold a new congress would be addressed to General advice, the highest body between congresses, so that proceed to formalize the call of an extraordinary General Assembly, the second in just a year after the internal process that took place at the beginning of 2020 between Inés Arrimadas and Francisco Igea.

Absolute majority of the congress

Removing the Executive Committee would require the absolute majority of the members of said Assembly. “If the motion is successful, it will proceed in accordance with the provisions of this article and article 78 of these Bylaws”, it is indicated in the organic text of Cs.

This last article indicates that once the Executive Committee is terminated, then the General Council will appoint a manager “which will assume the functions and powers” of this body until the new management appoints a new national Executive. A possibility that now the hole begins to open among the orange critics to Arrimadas.


Source: Vozpópuli by www.vozpopuli.com.

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