No PP representatives will attend TVE debate with Pontón and Besteiro

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The PPdeG has decided not to take part in the three-way electoral debate proposed by Radiotelevisión Española (RTVE) on February 14. This means that Alfonso Rueda, the PPdeG candidate, will not be participating, and neither will any other representative from the party. However, RTVE has confirmed that the debate will still go ahead with the participation of the BNG candidate, Ana Pontón, and the PSdeG candidate, José Ramón Gómez Besteiro.

The popular Galicians had initially shown interest in participating in the debate, but have now confirmed that they will not be attending. This decision comes after a previous debate on Televisión de Galicia (TVG) on Monday. The PPdeG had previously indicated that they were open to participating in the RTVE debate, but now they have closed the door on this possibility.

The general secretary of the PPdeG, Paula Prado, had previously stated that they would attend “all” the debates to which they were called. However, Alfonso Rueda has now made it clear that if he were to participate in another debate, it would have to be a ‘face to face’ event where his opponents agreed to send a representative.

RTVE has confirmed that the PPdeG has stated that neither Rueda nor any other representative from the party will be attending the debate. This decision mirrors the strategy of the national leader of the popular parties, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, in the 2023 general election campaign.

Following the popular party’s refusal, RTVE asked BNG and PSdeG if they would still be willing to attend the debate, and they both confirmed that they would. Therefore, unless the PPdeG changes its position in the coming days, the debate on the 14th will go ahead with the participation of Pontón and Besteiro, the two opposition candidates represented in the Parliament of Galicia.

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