In a sober act, far from the 6,000 bagpipers who came to accompany Manuel Fraga to Obradoiro, and under the watchful eye of PP heavyweights, Alberto Nunez Feijoo and Isabel Diaz Ayuso, Alfonso Rueda took office this Saturday as president from Galicia. A veteran member of the Galician government, whose position fell into his hands when he did not expect it, another consequence of the sudden crisis of the PP, took the oath of office in the Salón dos Reis of the Galician parliament without giving up two mantras: the promise to “govern moderation” as “the best antidote to intransigence” and boasting of the “stability” that he believes the four outright majorities are forcing on the community on the PP network. But he also included a warning. Rueda assures that he reaches the top of Xunta “without a mortgage”.
Rueda is the first president in the history of Galicia to take office due to the resignation of his predecessor. He has just over two years in the legislature ahead of him, and the task of forming a “continualist” government that will at the same time allow him to create his own profile and overcome the hyper-leadership that Feihoo has shown in his 13 years in government. Head of Sunta. “During these years, I didn’t care much about social significance,” admitted Rueda, who justified this with his dedication as the number two current leader of the PP: “I worked in the engine room for many years, now I have to go up to the command box.”
The event was attended by half a thousand political and institutional figures and guests from the world of business and public organizations, and the second vice president, Yolanda Diaz, was the highest representative of the central government. In addition to the president of Madrid, the new Galician baron of the PP was supported by the presidents of Castile and León, Alfonso Fernández Manueco (PP) and Murcia, Fernando López Miras (PP), as well as former government president Mariano Rajoy. Of the two former socialist presidents of Xunta, Fernando González Lax attended, but Emilio Pérez Turinho apologized for his attendance.
In his speech, Rueda criticized “Adamism” as “one of the greatest evils of today’s politics” and stated to Feihoo that he was reaching the presidency of Sunta “without a mortgage” and “burdened with debts of gratitude”. Faced with the “difficult social and economic conditions that Europe is going through”, he argued that “stability” is “more of a duty than just a government choice”. He spoke about the absence of a project that affects both the BNG and the PSdeG-PSOE: “Those who confuse prudence with apathy or lack of ideas are mistaken: this is a necessary condition for the priority of the real needs of Galicians over dogmas.” the little things and ephemeral quirks that sometimes flood public debate.” And he defended Felipe VI “against those who take advantage of the resources of the state to drain institutions.”
The President of Castile and León has promised that he will work “side by side” with the new Galician head of government in common interests such as justifying Atlantic Corridor rail investment versus the Mediterranean and a new regional funding model. . Ayuso emphasized that Rueda is a “hard-working person” and a “very good person”, although he believes that this is a “bittersweet moment for the Galicians” due to Feihoo’s departure: “Yesterday [por el viernes] I was on the streets of Santiago and some Galicians scolded us for President Feijoo leaving Galicia.” Rueda is expected to announce the composition of his government this Sunday.
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You said in your speech that you would do everything possible to make Galicia proud of its president. I know what you will do and what you will achieve, because you will be the president of all Galicians.
I am proud of you.
President @AlfonsoRuedaGal, at your service. pic.twitter.com/SeLAlUPqAI
— Alberto Nunez Feijoo (@NunezFeijoo) May 14, 2022
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