Spain: The final stretch of the campaign is clouded by a plot to buy votes

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The arrest of ten people in Melilla and others seven in Mojácar (Almería) for the alleged vote buying for the elections on Sunday, May 28, opens a new controversy two days after the end of the campaign, splashing the main parties.

In the case of the Almeria town, the last to come to light, two of the seven detainees are candidates for the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE). In the autonomous city of Melilla, as published by Cadena SER and The confidential through police sources, two of those involved would be related to the Popular Party (PP) and they would buy votes for the conservative party.

Both have moved the chips already. The Socialists announcing the opening of a disciplinary file and the suspension of the militancy of the detainees and the PP of Melilla denying any connection of his party with the case. “The only ones convicted are PSOE and Coalición Por Melilla,” Juan José Imbroda, president of the PP in Melilla, quickly defended himself this Wednesday. The same Imbroda whose son was recorded in 2019 trying to buy up to 300 votes by mail to favor the PP in the general elections of 28-A and the municipal, regional and European elections on May 26.

So, the images were obtained by the party Coalition for Melilla (CPM), now under investigation for vote buying. The PP has already taken advantage of the scandal to demand that the PSOE break the government of Melilla, where its partners are the Coalición por Melilla. For the moment, the president of the autonomous city, Eduardo de Castro, has dismissed the only detained counselor, Mohamed Ahmed Allal, who is also number three of CPM. He has already been released.

Sánchez, Núñez Feijóo and Díaz

With this controversy as a backdrop, the campaign day has passed normally for everyone. The president of the Government, Pedro Sanchezhas participated in a rally in gijon in which he has repeated the same message as on other occasions: the PP in the government “cuts” and in the opposition, “repeals”. “We ask for the vote of the PSOE to advance. The stronger the PSOE is, the stronger the Welfare State will be,” he defended.

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The president of the PP campaigned twice. In the morning he was in Zaragoza, together with his candidate for the government of Aragon, Jorge Azcón. A very important square for the popular, who see themselves in a position to snatch that territory from the PSOE. In the afternoon, Alberto Núñez Feijóo He was in Palma de Mallorca (Balearic Islands). From there the opposition leader insisted on uniting the vote to the PP. The popular ones have entered the last phase of their campaign strategy, which involves appealing to the useful vote.

In Alicante, one of the rallies that raised the most expectations among the transformative left took place. When the second vice president of the Government, Yolanda Díazunveiled his campaign agenda, included an act with the candidate Unites We Can to the regional elections of the Country valencià, Hector Illueca, which competes with the strongest party to the left of the PSOE in the territory so far, Compromís.

housing law

For its part, in the final stretch of the campaign, one of the main objectives of the space for United We Can is the one that the housing problem keep setting the political agenda. The Minister of Social Rights and General Secretary of Podemos, Ione Belarra, starred in an act in Tarragona recalling that in Catalonia had promoted the first rental regulation of the entire State and insisting on a message that has been the flag of the purple formation throughout the campaign: the only guarantee that the housing law is applied in the municipalities and communities is Podemos.

Of Public. Special for PageI12.

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