A week of political upheaval as town hall alliances crack

Pizarra, Ronda and Frigiliana have been the scenes of heated council rows

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Ronda's mayor Maria de la Paz Fernández is facing a vote of no-confidence on March 16

By Dave Jamieson, James Langton and Oliver McIntyre

THREE towns in Málaga province have been embroiled in a week of heated council rows, votes of no confidence and the breaking down of political alliances, as deals made after last May’s local elections fall to pieces.

On Saturday, in Pizarra, socialist Ana Berlanga (PSOE), was ousted after a no-confidence vote which saw Félix Lozano, standing for the centre-right Partido Popular (PP), voted in.

The ousting was made possible by an unusual alliance between the left-wing Izquierda Unida (IU) and the PP.

The IU had supported the PSOE’s bid to see Ana Berlanga as mayor after last May’s local elections, but in a huge U-turn last week IU joined forces with the PP to throw her out.

The council session was marked by interruptions and shouts by members of the public, which peaked when IU lead councillor Zacarías Gómez – who is now to be deputy mayor – took the floor.

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