Sunday, October 07, 2012


Lack of trust in president

Yesterday the island's vice-president, Gregorio Medina Tome, unexpectedly handed in his official letter of resignation. He had been holding this post for the past 13 years and during this time was considered the president's loyal aide and supporter. Sources close to the government who claim to have seen the letter of resignation quote the (ex)vice-president as having 'a feeling of loss of trust, which has been confirmed in the past months'. In his letter he is to have also stated that trust and loyalty 'could not be maintained' when Casimiro Curbelo, the president, 'is capable of constructing a great lie on a base of half-truths'.
Gregorio Medina Tome, who also represents La Gomera in the Spanish Senate, has cited 'duplicity of public responsibilities' as a further reason for stepping down and promised a press statement 'in the next few days'. There hasn't been any reaction by the president so far. Curbelo was the senator representing La Gomera until July 2011 when he was forced to resign this post after his alleged involvement in a brawl with police in the red-light district of Madrid, where he ended up being arrested. Gregorio Medina Tome was subsequently elected as senator for La Gomera.
However, the latest developments appear to be related to the controversies surrounding the president's handling of the recent fires on La Gomera. be continued, I'm sure.

Casimiro Curbelo, President
Gregorio Medina Tome, Senator

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