ON August 29, unless something untoward and even more unexpected happens, Angeles Muñoz will once again become mayor of Marbella.
Marbella has had many mayors over the years, good ones, bad ones, ones that have cost Marbella millions and ended up in prison and others who have wholeheartedly tried to do the best for the city.
Most of them get to ‘serve out’ their four year turn, others are re-elected and continue in office more than once, as was the case with the previous local PP government.
However, in the last elections and possible third term, the PP did not get an outright majority and suddenly found themselves reduced to being the opposition.
Now, just over two years later and due to a complete turn around by coalition party member OSP (Option San Pedro), Marbella is once again living a historic moment in its politics and the PP is set to retake office following the formal presentation of a new collaboration formed between these two parties, who have obviously now found common ground.
Although the PP got more votes in the last elections, they did not have an overall majority of seats and Angeles could not find any allies.
In fact quite the contrary as she found herself faced with three socialist parties, prepared to join forces if perhaps for no other reason than to put a stop to the existing government.
At that time Angeles’ only hope of maintaining power would have been an allegiance with the independent San Pedro party OSP but as it would seem, Angeles Muñoz and Rafael Piña could not see eye to eye and in absence of an agreement, the existing ‘coalition party’ was born, headed up by the second largest vote, the PSOE and Jose Bernal.
Now it would seem there has been a change of heart and during the meeting set for August 29, 2017 as I understand it, Rafael Piña, head of the OSP will present together with Angeles Muñoz a new, united front which according to the local laws, puts her and the PP back in a majority position with the right to regain control of the Marbella Town Hall – just like that.
The funny thing is that none of us expats appear to really know about it or even care.
Even I have to admit that if it had not been the idea to use the local town hall media to unite our fragmented international community I’d have no idea who was mayor or even if Marbella had one either.
For those who are taking note however this is noteworthy indeed. So as I understand it, as of August 29 Ms Angeles Muñoz will once again be mayor of Marbella, San Pedro will be €18 million better off for it and our existing mayor will be the one who is now out for the count.
That’s if nothing else happens in the meanwhile of course. www.rtvmarbellanow.com @MarbellaNOW