We can reduce its municipal structure by 70% and at least 10 provincial capitals are left without an Executive

Vitoria, Lleida, Girona, Soria, Zamora, Segovia, Ávila, Huelva, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Melilla will only have a general secretary, in addition to the assembly


Podemos has already started the process to adapt its municipal structure to the actual volume of militants that it currently has. With the new requirements approved by the purple party, the municipal management bodies will be reduced by almost 70% compared to 2015. In addition, at least 10 provincial capitals have lost their Municipal Citizen Council (CCM) – they will only have one secretary general municipal, in addition to the assembly and the circles.

The party led by Pablo Iglesias constituted its municipal bodies for the first time on January 1, 2015, after its founding assembly of Vistalegre I in autumn 2014. Then, it was implemented with management structures in a total of 769 municipalities with at least one municipal secretary general. In addition, in 332 of them, it created Municipal Citizen Councils.

All these bodies were dissolved on January 1, 2018, since Podemos set Vistalegre I a maximum period of three years, without the possibility of extending its mandate on an interim basis. Only the municipal addresses in 24 cities, which had been renewed before 2018, were saved from dissolution.

Thus, Podemos started at the beginning of the month the process to renew its municipal structure, based on a new regulation drawn up by the Organization Secretariat led by Pablo Echenique, with toughened requirements to ensure that there are only addresses “where there is militancy to represent.” .


At the moment, in this first so much that will culminate on June 21 – there will not be more than three a year – there are 227 localities in which the municipal groups of Podemos have fulfilled the requirements to constitute management bodies.

This figure represents a sieve of 68.6% of the municipal structure of the purple party. According to the data collected by Europa Press, the 769 municipalities in which they constituted bodies in 2015 will be 241 in June: The 227 where assemblies are now held, plus the 14 in which they already renewed their bodies before 2018 and which, therefore, they keep them.

The latter is the case of León, Burgos, Salamanca, Santander, Pamplona, ​​Donosti, Palma, Málaga, Córdoba, Jaén, Algeciras, Jerez, Zaragoza and Madrid, which have a municipal secretary general but also a Municipal Citizen Council. These 12 cities with municipal and executive leaders will be joined by another 24 in June, the only ones of the 227 that meet the requirements to have an expanded address.


Thus, compared to the 332 Municipal Citizen Councils that were established in 2015, in June there will be a total of 38 in all of Spain, which represents a reduction of 88.5% in this type of management bodies, in the absence of subsequent carry out new processes of the towns or cities that request it later and that meet the requirements.

What is already final, yes, is that at least ten provincial capitals will see their municipal structure reduced to a secretary general – in addition to the Assembly in which all the militants and territorial circles that exist in that city are grouped- -. This is the case of Vitoria, Lleida, Girona, Soria, Zamora, Segovia, Ávila, Huelva, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Melilla.

Oviedo, Bilbao, Valladolid, Barcelona, ​​Tarragona, Castellón, Valencia, Alicante, Murcia, Badajoz, Seville, Granada, Cádiz and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria do renew their Municipal Citizen Council in this process. In total, there will be 26 provincial capitals that have this body, and 10 those that do not, at least for the moment, since there are 28 of the 52 that have not yet requested to renew their addresses.

In addition to those provincial capitals, there will be 12 large cities that will have a Municipal Citizen Council: Jerez and Algeciras, which have already renewed it, and San Lúcar de Barrameda, San Cristóbal de la Laguna, Hospitalet, Sabadell, Elche, Cartagena, Gijón, Fuenlabrada, Leganés and Móstoles, which are established in these months.

However, the distribution by Communities of the municipal Assemblies that will take place in this phase is as follows: 35 in Andalusia; 4 in Asturias; 17 in the Canary Islands; 16 in Castilla y León; 33 in the Community of Madrid; 18 in Catalonia; 48 in the Valencian Community; 25 in the Basque Country; 1 in Extremadura; 15 in the Balearic Islands; 2 in Navarra; 12 in Murcia; and 1 in Melilla.

Neither in Galicia, Cantabria, La Rioja, Aragon, Castilla-La Mancha nor Ceuta will any municipal assembly take place in this first phase; a decision that ultimately depends on the regional directorates, since it is these bodies that process the requests. Nor will there be any municipal process in the provinces of Cáceres and Salamanca.


To carry out the renewal of the bulk of management bodies in cities and towns, the Organization Secretariat headed by Pablo Echenique drew up a regulation in January that toughened the requirements to configure both Citizen Councils and municipal General Secretaries with the aim of constituting them only “where there is militancy to represent “.

To carry out this screening and select the municipalities with the capacity to have organs, the purple party set the following requirements: Have an active circle, that the expanded membership census represents at least 0.075% of the total inhabitants of the municipality – -open to being able to reduce the percentage by 0.010% for reasons of depopulation or low electoral results-, and exceptionally, if proposed by the Autonomous Citizen Council of the corresponding territory.

“For the representative logic to work, there have to be representatives and represented, and the representatives have to be a smaller number than those represented,” Echenique explained in January, when the regulation was released. He also explained then that where the organs disappear, there will be assemblies and circles that “work fantastically well.”


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