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PDP leadership to hold crucial meeting Wednesday

By on December 13, 2016

SAN JUAN – The leadership of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP) has convened for Wednesday a meeting to discuss the party’s situation in light of its defeat in November’s general elections last .

Both its defeated gubernatorial candidate, David Bernier, and others who seek to lead the party are preparing plans for the PDP both at the organizational and ideological level.

PDP President David Bernier concedes his defeat for the gubernatorial race in Nov. 8. (CB photo)

PDP President David Bernier concedes his defeat in the gubernatorial race Nov. 8. (CB photo)

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz stated that every effort must be geared for a substantive change.

“More than a reorganization, it must be a refoundation of the PDP. Here [the focus] can’t be who will occupy a seat; it is how we ensure being that unifying instrument,” said Cruz, who after her reelection has become the PDP leader with the most visibility and political resources at hand.

The president of San Juan’s Municipal Assembly, former Sen. Marco A. Rigau, emphasized the capital mayor’s leadership and political capability by indicating that her competence is comparable to that of former PDP Gov. Rafael Hernández Colón.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz

During Wednesday’s meeting, Bernier’s group could present some amendments to party regulations to reduce the participation of its governing board’s former presidents, thus affecting the role of figures such as former Gov. Hernández Colón, Héctor Luis Acevedo, former Gov. Aníbal Acevedo Vilá, former Gov. Sila María Calderón, Victoria Muñoz Mendoza, Gov. Alejandro García Padilla, and Héctor Ferrer.

Bernier’s group is also expected to present a proposal to decide if the party’s president must necessarily be its gubernatorial candidate and discuss how relevant the party currently is, and which changes must be carried out to impact the electorate.

Former PDP President and resident commissioner candidate Héctor Ferrer is expected to present a proposal to thoroughly reorganize the party and analyze the electoral phenomenon that led so many of the party’s supporters to vote for independent candidates.

Meanwhile, former PDP President Acevedo believes that Bernier’s plan will work well and allow the party to perform better.

Following its electoral defeat, the PDP’s governing board decided on Nov. 17 to allow Bernier to continue leading the party until March 30, and from there onward to establish a mechanism to reorganize the party on all levels and select a new president.

For his part, former PDP  President and Isabela Mayor Carlos Delgado Altieri doesn’t favor the proposal to limit former presidents’ roles, and anticipates tough discussion at the meeting regarding that and other proposals to be considered.

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