STAFF REPORTER

PALMA
LEADER of the conservative Partido Popular Balearic opposition party, Rosa Estaras, yesterday called on Balearic president Francesc Antich to submit himself to a motion of censure.

Such a move by the PP has been expected ever since Antich's coalition government lost its overall parliamentary majority when the Majorcan Union MP, Bartomeu Vicens, was suspended by his party for his alleged involvement in an industrial estate development scandal in Palma.

He and his two other fellow Majorcan Union party MPs have since been forced to join the Mixed group and the Partido Popular believes that Antich should explain to the electorate what parliamentary support his coalition has.

Estaras yesterday pointed out that, back in October, Antich demanded that Vicens be stripped of his seat by the Majorcan Union party for his implication in the corruption scandal. “But, Vicens is still in parliament and continues to support the coalition,” she said. “We all have the right to know who supports the government, what level of confidence they have in Antich and who confides in who,” she said.
The Balearic parliament resumes after the Christmas break on February 3 and Estaras is expected to pile the pressure on Antich, although coalition members parties last night said they doubted Estaras would get very far.

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