WHILST supporters of Marbella Mayor José Bernal stood forlornly outside of the town hall, former mayor Ángeles Muñoz successfully saw Bernal kicked out.
This means that after serving from 2007 to 2015, Ms Muñoz will return as the Partido Popular Mayor of Marbella with the certainty of ruling for the next 21 months provided that the San Pedro Independence Party doesn’t have another change of heart in the meantime.
When the 2015 council election results were revealed, although the PP had the largest number of seats, they no longer had a majority and a tripartite group headed by the socialist PSOE party and supported unofficially by two Podemos councillors took power.
The balance of power sat with the San Pedro Independence Party and its leader Rafael Piña had consistently railed against Ángeles Muñoz in the past calling her an “Agent of Luxembourg” and a “dictator”.
A promise of greater self-autonomy and €18 million does however seem to have swayed Mr Piña and led him to support the PP in a vote of no confidence.
Whilst this appears to have a been something of a bloodless coup with neither leader damning the other and both acting relatively graciously in the short term following the result, time will tell whether there be any significant differences in the way that Marbella is run prior to the next election.