CAROLINA PUNSET, formerly an Altea councillor and now a Euro-MP has resigned from the Executive Committee of the Ciudadanos party.
She could no longer identify with the majority of the strategic decisions taken by the party, she said, but had been unable to obtain sufficient backing to bring about any change in the official stance.
She was in tune with Ciudadanos’ enlightened secular, social and progressive values and its rejection of any kind of nationalism, Punset said. But, she added, despite “honourable exceptions” the direction taken by the party in the Valencian Community which she represents did not favour these values.
Daughter of the journalist Eduardo Punset, she founded and headed the Ciudadanos Independientes de Altea party which opposed now-abandoned plans to develop both banks of the River Algar. Punset led demonstrators when excavators threatened volcanic rocks on the Soio beach in La Olla and objected to Callosa’s now resuscitated Anibits-Margequivir which she argued would negatively affect Sierra Bernia.
Despite her resignations from the Executive Committee, Punset will retain her seat in the European Parliament, she said.