By Humphrey Carter

PALMA
THE Majorcan Unionist Party is going to have to elect a new chairman in the New Year after the recently appointed party leader, Miguel Angel Flaquer, was forced to hand over his passport and served with a travel ban by the judge handling the investigation into “Operation Make Up” for the alleged misappropriation of public funds.

Just before midnight on Tuesday, Flaquer announced his resignation and withdrawal from political life.
Flaquer was elected chairman of the party in July, succeeding the former Minister for Tourism, Miguel Angel Nadal, who is also implicated in the same scandal.

He too has had his passport seized and has to ask police permission even if he wants to travel to mainland Spain.
Last week at the UM's Christmas party, Flaquer proclaimed that the Majorca Unionist Party “is not the party of corruption.”

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