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Women in power - Madrid's Isabel Díaz Ayuso

Controversial Madrid President Isabel Díaz Ayuso, sweeps the boards
Controversial Madrid President Isabel Díaz Ayuso, sweeps the boards
Madrid's Isabel Díaz Ayuso

Isabel Díaz Ayuso, who was unknown on the Spanish political scene until a few years ago, has today consolidated her position as a European political phenomenon.

The conservative right-wing Popular Party's candidate won 65 of the 69 seats in Madrid, just four short of the absolute majority. During the campaign ahead of today's vote, threatening letters containing bullets were sent to a number of candidates. including Ayuso and Pablo Iglesias.

At the last regional elections in 2019, the difference between right and left was just four seats. Now that number is 18, meaning Madrid has shifted even further to the right.

Ayunso, has been an outspoken critic of the government's handling of the Coronavirus pandemic, under the mantra of freedom, and she has fought against a number of its lockdown restrictions.

President of the Community of Madrid, Ayuso, was criticised for delivering high-quality FFP3 protective masks to the citizens of the Community of Madrid for free, which arguably could provoke that these kinds of masks became scarce in hospitals.

Also, in March 2020, after the declaration of the state of alarm, Ayuso proceeded to terminate the contracts of all the concessionaires of school canteens and hired fast-food franchises such as Telepizza to feed the children of families that had a reduced price in the canteens because they were beneficiaries of the minimum Income.