The five deputies registered by Vox in the Balearic Islands recently revoked the internal regulations of the parliamentary group before voting to expel the president of the Parliament, Gabriel Le Senne, and the president of the party in the Balearic Islands, Patricia de las Heras. This decision was made during a meeting attended by the five deputies and the coordinator. The first item on the agenda was the “adaptation” of the internal regulations of the parliamentary group to the regulations of the Parliament. Specifically, they unanimously agreed to revoke this internal regulation, signed in September 2023, which implies that the management body regulated therein would decline. Next, they voted unanimously “to dissolve the Vox board of directors in the Balearic Islands as the rule that creates and regulates it has been revoked.”
The parliamentary group has assured Europa Press that the only reason was that its internal regulations did not contemplate the provision that the Parliament’s regulations do contain by which deputies with institutional positions, as is the case of Le Senne, lose their status as members of the Board by ceasing to belong to their parliamentary group. Thus, they have argued that it seemed “better” to revoke their internal regulations, as indicated to be governed by that of the Parliament, although they recognize that the latter is the higher-ranking norm and that in no case an internal regulation could superimpose it.
The minutes only state that Ribas informed the rest of the deputies that the internal regulations “do not comply with the regulations established” by the Parliament. It should be noted that, as Europa Press has verified, the internal regulations that they revoked established as serious infractions “disobedience of the instructions issued by the communication, press and social media bodies of the group or party”, as well as “non-compliance with the principle of unity in the parliamentary performance of the group”, among other varied assumptions, related to treasury and justification of expenses, unjustified absences, abandonment of functions, confidentiality, etc.
The minutes record that at the meeting Ribas explained that the majority of members of the group had conveyed to him the “advisability” of proposing a new president of the Parliament, replacing Le Senne. The reasons alleged in the document are not having “met the expectations” of the group and an “absolute inability to break the cordon sanitaire imposed” on Vox “by different political groups.” Furthermore, they accuse him of having “held the presidency partially on several occasions, causing a formal complaint” from the PP; of “frequent absenteeism from parliamentary group meetings”; and of having hidden “relevant information for adequate coordination with the parliamentary group.” For this reason, before this meeting they had urged Le Senne to present his resignation as president, which he did not accept. According to Le Senne himself, they even presented him with a written document that he only had to sign, “something that can at least border on coercion” in the president’s opinion.
As for Patricia de las Heras, the report accuses her of having “seriously hindered the activity” of the group by making “statements in the press contrary to the agreements reached” with the PP “without authorization” of the parliamentary group — in reference to a statement about Catalan in teaching–. They also accuse him of having “refused to assume the position of spokesperson for the Territorial Planning, Housing, Mobility, Sea and Water Cycle Commission” after the vacancy left by the departure of Xisco Cardona, “with the consequent overload of work for the rest of the deputies”. De las Heras is also accused of having “no participation in the group’s meetings with citizens, associations and professionals”, and having “tried to isolate the parliamentary group and silence it before the coordinators and councillors, who have been prohibited from contacting the deputies.” to obtain improvements in their municipalities during the parliamentary process”. “Ms. De las Heras’s continuous obstacles to the group’s activity and her manifest disloyalty have been appreciated by the majority of its members and they have conveyed this to the spokesperson.” At the same point in the meeting, Ribas reported that it was “necessary to continue developing the governance agreement” signed with the PP “and collect the initiatives of the coordinators and councilors to advance their own initiatives.”
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