Majority of PDP representatives side with Perelló
The Popular Democratic Party’s (PDP) gubernatorial candidate, David Bernier, summoned the representatives to a meeting in the Party’s headquarters today to discuss the case against House Speaker Jaime Perelló, but only four out of the 28 legislators have arrived.
By noon representatives Manuel Natal José Báez, Angel Matos and Luis Raúl Torres had attended, all of whom support Bernier’s petition for Perelló’s abdication as president of the House of Representatives, due to his relationship with businessman and former PDP fundraiser Anaudi Hernández Pérez, who was convicted for fraud. Perelló arrived early to the PDP’s central offices in Puerta de Tierra to discuss the matter at hand.
Sources close to the PDP have unofficially indicated that Perelló counts with 20 of the 28 PDP caucus members in the House that maintain their president should not resign because he has not been formally accused during the federal trial, in which former House employees and government employees have been linked to a government corruption scheme steered by Hernández Pérez.
The caucus of representatives with Bernier should initiate once the Government Board is over. Both meetings were summoned by the PPD’s gubernatorial candidate, who has conditioned his candidacy on Perrelló’s departure as House Speaker, because his permanence harms the PDP’s image and affects his chances of winning the general elections next November 8.
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