Electoral debate in Galicia: Rueda lazily accepts an avalanche of criticism from the left-wing entrance | Galicia Elections | EUROtoday

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Both Alfonso Rueda and Alberto Núñez Feijóo requested hours earlier than that this Monday's electoral debate wouldn’t be “all against one.” His want was very troublesome to fulfill, taking into consideration that the PP has been on the head of the Xunta for 15 years and all the opponents invited by Galician radio and tv are candidates from left-wing events. And certainly it was not fulfilled. Rueda defended himself with little vitality and a sure indolence towards the accusations of BNG, PSdeG, Sumar and Podemos of emptying Galicia of its inhabitants, of fiscally favoring “the rich”, of “clientelism”, of governing based mostly on “propaganda” and of just about triple the debt of the Xunta concurrently chopping again on schooling and well being. His message targeted on contrasting his authorities, “which works,” with the choice of a “multiparty of parties that compete with each other.”

That competitors that Rueda predicted firstly didn’t seem within the debate. The nationalist Ana Pontón even gave her flip to Sumar's candidate, Marta Lois, who had requested for her phrase. The blows have been virtually all towards the candidate for re-election. Rueda started extra nervous than his opponents, warning that “data that is not true” would emerge within the debate. He boasted of the “merit” of getting authorised the regional budgets in the course of the 15 years of PP governments, of tax cuts, much less unemployment and salaries that rise greater than in the remainder of Spain. “If Galicia works, why are we losing population?” Pontón requested him. “The unemployment rate is lower, but because they made 200,000 young people emigrate. That is their way of lowering unemployment.”

The PP candidate accused his rivals of “painting a black Galicia.” He reproached the socialist José Ramón Gómez Besteiro and Lois on a number of events for the central authorities's proposal to “recover” the wealth and inheritance tax. “And the BNG supports anything from that government,” he instructed Pontón. “They are very brave here and very tame in Madrid,” he added. Lois reminded him that “you must have a minimum of two million euros to pay the wealth tax in Galicia.” “I don't know any Galician who has them. Do you know you? “He asked Rueda. He got no response.

Pontón, who is the favorite in the polls to lead the alternative to the PP, promised to “put on the table” of the central government the rescue and free of charge of the Atlantic highway, the main communication route of the community and one of those with more expensive tolls: “If the Madrid radio stations can be rescued, it is only fair that the same be done with the Galician ones.” Her promise was accomplished by Besteiro, who assured “influence in the State Government”: “I am going to guarantee the free access to the AP-9 and the AP-53.”

  The 5 candidates for the presidency of the Xunta de Galicia, moments before the start of the debate.
The 5 candidates for the presidency of the Xunta de Galicia, moments earlier than the beginning of the talk.OSCAR CORRAL

Besteiro accused the PP of “lack of ambition for the country” and of all the time inserting “the blame on others.” “How can you say that a wonderful management is being carried out if the public debt triples?” questioned the socialist, who criticized Rueda for the PP's vote within the Congress of Deputies towards the rise in pensions and the usage of the Galician on this chamber. On this final matter, Besteiro questioned the “legitimacy” of a president of the Xunta who “votes against our language.” It was exactly when addressing the Galician's worrying future that Rueda and Pontón turned extra concerned. “Still behind the banner against the Galician,” the nationalist reproached him. “That's not true,” Rueda replied. The well-liked accused the BNG of desirous to “impose” “monolingualism” within the college and his candidate defended that her goal is for college kids to attain “equality of knowledge” of each co-official languages.

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The different massive conflict between the PP and BNG candidates got here when Rueda linked, with a smile, the Galician nationalists to ETA's terrorism. “I'm not going to allow it. The BNG was, is and will be against ETA,” stated Pontón, indignant. The politician with essentially the most choices to guide the historic.” “Her management of him is not sustainable, that is why she wants to talk about Catalonia,” she snapped at Rueda.

The Podemos candidate, Isabel Faraldo, reproached the PP for its historical past of corruption instances and its “Madrid following,” and guaranteed that Rueda “is more aware of Feijóo's presidential race than of the interests of Galicia.” The consultant of the purple social gathering did launch some criticism on the socialists: she accused them of “saying” one factor within the marketing campaign after which “doing” one other.

The battle that regional tv is experiencing because of the protests of its employees towards the political interference of the Xunta sneaked into the talk. Pontón regretted that TVG had change into “tele PP” and promised to return the channel “to its owners, the Galicians.” Lois criticized the “lack of freedom” of the community's journalists and Faraldo denounced “repression” and “kidnapping of information.” Rueda thought-about it a “lack of respect” to the general public tv employees.

This TVG debate is the one one which the PP candidate for the Presidency of the Xunta has accepted thus far. Rueda deliberate the assembly organized by Cadena SER and EL PAÍS on the primary day of the marketing campaign and has not but confirmed his presence within the duel that TVE will broadcast on Tuesday of subsequent week. The format is totally different from that designed by regional tv. In precept, it is going to be three-way with Pontón and Besteiro, who’ve confirmed that they are going to be there.

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