Jordi Cañas will be the new political spokesperson for Ciudadanos. The Catalan MEP has presented himself to the internal selection process and, although there are six other candidates, no one in the party doubts that he will be the one to assume the position.
According to the statutes of Ciudadanos, applicants must obtain 10% of the endorsements of the militancy, something that, today, stands at just over 500 signatures, a figure that, given the relevance of the profile of Cañas, historical founder of the party in Catalonia and deputy in the Parliament before making the leap to Europe, it will be, according to the sources consulted, easily achievable.
If none of the other candidates, grassroots activists unknown to public opinion, obtain the required minimum of guarantees, the collection of which has begun this Sunday and will end next Wednesday, Cañas will be proclaimed political spokesperson on December 1 without the need to vote in primaries.
Ciudadanos is going through a serious crisis that has put its viability in doubt, so Cañas' step forward is interpreted as an attempt to reverse the negative drift of recent years to lead from the European Parliament, together with the party's general secretary, Adrián Vázquez, also an MEP, the long-awaited resurrection.
In his declaration of intentions to the militancy, Cañas explains that he has made the decision to run as the new political spokesperson for Ciudadanos encouraged by his colleagues and that, although he assumes that the party is going through a "difficult time", he also understands that the future can be more "hopeful."
This is so, he indicates, because the latest political events, that is, the investiture pact and the processing of an amnesty law for independence leaders with pending accounts with justice, demonstrate, in his opinion, the need for a political space like the one that Ciudadanos represents, "with unbreakable values and principles."
In Catalonia, together with the European Parliament, the last stronghold in which Ciudadanos retains institutional representation after its resignation from participating in the general elections, the return to the first organizational line of Cañas, who was already national spokesperson with Albert Rivera, has been very well welcomed by the militancy, because it comes at a time when the CEO's barometer leaves the party without representation in Parliament.