CONTROVERSIAL Javea councillor Oscar Anton announced he will be launching a new political party on January 22 at the Javea Parador Hotel at . At an exclusive meeting with the EWN, he admitted that the last 12 months has been a stressful period with many questioning whether he had reached the end of his political career.
But this charismatic 33 year old lawyer insisted he was fighting fit and looking forward to leading his new Xabia Democratica party into the May local elections.
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A momentous and brave decision, but has it come too late and at what price?
In December 2009, Oscar Anton, a then leading light with the Nueva Javea Party, was accused of not acting in the best interests of the NJ by holding secret discussions with the Partido Popular party, an accusation he strongly denied and still does to this day.
During the following six months it took the NJ executive to reach a decision, Oscar’s mother died of cancer leaving him in his own words, “Totally empty and devoid of any motivation to defend my reputation.” He was finally dismissed in May 2010.
Shortly after this unexpected bombshell decision, Oscar bounced back by informing his still faithful supporters he intended to form his own party, but during the early stages of development, he was also approached by the PP executive with an offer, “Too good to dismiss without careful consideration.”
It seems they were planning to substitute some of the old Valencian guard for new, younger fresh faces with greater international appeal.
Oscar commented, “It was a very flattering and tempting offer. Political opinions aside, the PP are potentially a governing party and unlike the opposition, only by being there would it be possible to put positive thoughts into actions. To ensure I was not just part of a window dressing exercise and would actually be given authority with responsibility, I gave the executive my terms of engagement. After an internal battle that lasted several months between the PP old guard and moderates, I was rejected along with approximately 48 per cent of the party who wanted change.”
Unfortunately, this phase in Oscar’s career cost him dearly. His enemies claimed it was proof that the NJ were correct in their accusations about PP involvement and his loyal supporters working behind the scenes on the new party, became frustrated, not knowing whether they were in or out of the Anton equation.
The big question now is can Oscar Anton and the XD obtain the votes needed in order to achieve his one aim which is to put the jewel back in Jávea´s tourist crown?