JAUME Matas presided over his final government meeting as president of the Balearic Islands yesterday.
Partido Popular spokesman Joan Flaquer, who has also had four years in power as regional minister for Tourism, said that what the last session of Parliament lacked in political substance, it made up for in genuine cordiality.

It was an occasion for Jaume Matas to formally bid farewell to each and every one of the councillors who had sat in government with him during the past legislature.

Speaking to reporters at the end of the government meeting, Flaquer confirmed that Matas thanked the councillors for the work they had undertaken” during this time, a task of “which we are all very proud,” he added in this respect.

In reply, said Flaquer, the individual members used the moment to express their “gratitude” to Matas “for the confidence he had placed in them”. They emphasised the “sense of pride” they had experienced in working alongside Matas during the four years, “ones in which” the councillors claimed, “were filled with achievement.” Flaquer went on to assert: “We are going with peace of mind, knowing that a great many fine things have been done for the people of the Islands.” Finally, the government spokesman paid tribute to the “spirit” of companionship and solidarity that he had had the privilege to share, and for the support in finalising projects that he had received when it came to the time to carry through Partido Popular policy.

He wanted to add, as a postscript that “more than 193'000 people had voted for the centre-right party in the Balearics at the last regional elections which were held on 27th May this year. “All these people had confidence in us,” Flaquer said. The national elections will be held next year.

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