The opening of oral proceedings for cases related to political corruption, regardless of the veracity of the facts indicted, entails the immediate resignation of all public and internal positions held by members of the PSOE, a commitment acquired by all socialist militants, and collected in the Code of Ethics approved in the 39th Federal Congress of the party.
That was the scenario that was contemplated in all decision-making areas of the PSOE (provincial, regional and federal), so, until just two days ago, the continuity of Caraballo at the head of his responsibilities was not questioned until the decision of the judge instructing the Aljaraque case. And it was in this scenario that the former provincial secretary (and former president of the Provincial Council) has been “moving chips” to control his succession. A meticulous and calculated process that managed to culminate, not many days ago in the provincial institution, in which it struck down the first vice president (and natural successor in the event of the president’s removal), Pepe Fernández, replacing him with the second vice president and mayor of San Bartolomé de la Torre, María Eugenia Limón, elevated with this maneuver to candidate in pectore for the presidency of the supramunicipal entity. All socialists agree that it is from the Provincial Council that “political power” is actually exercised in the province of Huelva. That day Caraballo also removed the fourth vice president, Ezequiel Ruiz. Both are located as close to Gabriel Cruz, Mayor of Huelva (who appears in all pools as a possible candidate for leadership of the provincial PSOE) and Susana Díaz.
Similar steps to those taken in the Provincial Council, Caraballo was following in the direction of the PSOE of Huelva, in which he had also separated from the day to day both Fernández and Ruiz, provincial secretaries of Organization and Municipal Policy, respectively, and sought to obtain support from the members of the Provincial Committee to consolidate Limón as his successor at the head of the provincial institution.
As established by the Federal Regulations for the development of the Statutes emanating from the 39th Congress, it is up to the Provincial Committees to approve the candidacies for the presidencies of the deputations, always after consultation with the members of the socialist group in the provincial corporations, and at the proposal of the Executive Commission Provincial. This, in turn, must “inform and consult” previously with the regional executives and, all of them, have the approval of the Federal List Commission, which can reject provincial proposals and raise others. A statutory gibberish that, in practice, leaves the final decision on the candidacies for the provincial councils in the hands of the federal leadership of the PSOE. However, as dictated by the Federal Regulations for the development of the Statutes, it corresponds to the members of the Provincial Committee to approve or reject the candidate “by individual and secret vote.