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Speculation that the Canarian Parliament is to open an official ‘branch’ in Gran Canaria has been ended by the Speaker, Antonio Castro Cordobez.
Antonio Castro Cordobez denied the rumours Las Palmas - 24.11.2007
- Media sources on the island had reported that plans were “well under way” for a Parliament building in Las Palmas but Castro Cordobez insists that the initiative has nothing to do with his institution. “The only body entitled to decide to open a representation in Gran Canaria is Parliament itself - whose only seat is in Tenerife - and we have not even discussed the matter,” said the Speaker. Shortly afterwards it emerged that the office in question was the brainwave of the Gran Canaria Cabildo, which wants to make life easier for the island’s regional MPs by giving them somewhere to meet in Las Palmas.
The dispute over the location of the Parliament in Santa Cruz de Tenerife instead of Las Palmas has plagued the institution since it was created back in the 1980s. Moreover, Canarian president Paulino Rivero (from El Sauzal in Tenerife) has been criticised for not using an official residence in Las Palmas when on business there. Rivero prefers to stay in the Santa Catalina Hotel but locals see it as a snub to the city.
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