AT the age of 26, Almudena Morales Asensio may well become the youngest mayor in Almeria, or even in Andalucia. The candidate’s party AVL (Agrupacion Vecinal por Laujar) won the recent local elections in Laujar de Andarax with an absolute majority, gaining five of the nine available seats. AVL is a group of local people who decided to step forward and run in the elections by popular demand, and have pledged to meet the challenge to make Laujar a better place. Morales said citizen participation is at the base of her party’s projects, which aim to ensure that villagers have a part in running the town. “We aim to be as transparent as possible and allow the people to take part in the decisions, both large and small, that are made,” the future mayor explained. Measures the party intends to introduce include making as many services as possible municipal to create jobs.