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The president of Andalusian Regional Government announces elections for 19 June next.

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The president signs the decree dissolving parliament and calling for elections.

The president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, has announced on Monday that he will sign the decree to dissolve Parliament and call regional elections, which will be held on Sunday 19 June. “The Andalusians will choose freely”, he said during his speech after an extraordinary meeting of the Governing Council.

In his public appearance, he pointed out that this is a decision that has been meditated, reflected on and thought through, “always and above all”, with the interests of Andalusia in mind. A decision which, he said, has been communicated to the leaders of the political forces represented in the Andalusian Parliament.

Moreno assures that holding elections in June will allow the next government to be working in July and August, taking advantage of these months to constitute the Parliament and form the new Executive. “There is no time to lose”, he added. In this sense, he indicated that the Government that emerges from the polls will have “enough time” to draw up the 2023 Budget. “These are very necessary budgets that will help us to face the difficult times we are living through with greater guarantees”, he added.

As he explained, Andalusia, which approved its first three budgets, currently finds itself with the accounts for 2021 extended, “which were drawn up with the information available in October 2020”. At that time, he recalled, the first doses of the vaccine against Covid had not begun to be administered, nor had the price escalation started, nor was a war expected in Europe.

“It is vital for Andalusia to start on 1 January 2023 with new budgets, to be able to face the current difficult reality with guarantees and hope, to take advantage of European funds and to try to halt the rise in prices. In this context, he stressed that the Law prevents Andalusian elections from being held in July and August, so the viable options were June or early autumn.

However, he stressed that holding them in autumn would prevent the start of the new year with the accounts approved, “which can only be achieved by holding the regional elections in June”. On this point, Moreno regretted not being able to inaugurate many of the major new infrastructures whose works are nearing completion, such as the Malaga Metro, the Bay of Cadiz Tramway and the Military Hospital in Seville.

Likewise, he has pledged that, as soon as the political year resumes, he will take the pending initiatives to Parliament. “In my decision, the desire to facilitate participation has prevailed. My wish is for the elections to have the highest possible turnout, and I humbly believe that the date of 19 June is the most appropriate date for this”.

A historic political change for Andalusia

During his speech, he recalled that, after the 2018 regional elections, when there was a historic political change for Andalusia after 40 years of autonomy, he took on the task of governing the autonomous community with clear objectives: to provide it with political stability, to dignify its name, “wounded by corruption”; to put it to work by consolidating public services and to be the president of all Andalusians. “Without distinction”, he added. With his term of office just a few months away, he considered that these objectives have been achieved.

In this respect, he expressed his pride that Andalusia has been an example of political stability. “Almost four years later, the term of office ends with the same government and almost the same people, if it had not been for the recent and painful loss of our Minister of Education and Sport, Javier Imbroda”, he declared.

He stressed that the coalition government between the Partido Popular and Ciudadanos is united until the end, with a “full and absolute” understanding with Vice-President Juan Marín. “I am grateful for his loyalty and his work, and that of all the Ciudadanos councillors. This is not usual in coalition governments. Nor has it been the case in other parts of Spain, nor in Andalusia in previous times”.

The Andalusian President also expressed his conviction that this stability has influenced the momentum that Andalusia has felt in these almost four years, “which has ceased to be a source of bad news to become a model that is well regarded from outside”. In this respect, he stated that the Andalusian economy is growing more than that of Spain, beating export records, receiving more foreign investment than the national average and being the region with the most self-employed workers.

He also highlighted the significant effort in health investment – today Andalusia has 33 more health facilities than four years ago, including six hospitals – and highlighted the response of the autonomous community to the pandemic, where “it has always been prudent and has provided more vaccines than anyone else in Spain”.

On the other hand, with a view to the upcoming elections, he called on all political forces to have a clean campaign, far removed from disinformation, false news and lies, while expressing his wish that his government has been useful to Andalusia in these almost four years. “Difficult times in which we have tried to give the best of ourselves, to make the Junta de Andalucía something safe to hold on to and to rely on in the worst moments. I will always carry with pride the honour, the great honour, the greatest honour an Andalusian can have, which is to be the president of Andalusia,” he concluded.

 

 

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