POLITIFILE :: Coalición Canaria (CC)

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• Coalición Canaria ~ Canarian Coalition (CC) •

Coalicion CanariaCoalición Canaria (CC) is a regional, centre-right political party in Spain’s Canary Islands formed in 1993 as a coalition of five Canarian parties of distinct ideologies, ranging from nationalist to communist and conservative. In 1993, it unseated the Socialist party (PSOE) as the leading party in the regional parliament and has governed the islands ever since. CC transitioned from coalition status to becoming a full political party in 2005.

The CC defines itself as Canarian nationalist but not pro-independence from Spain. It is also pro-European Union and is affiliated in the European Parliament with the centre-right European Democratic Party (EDP) federation of parties that split from the more conservative European People’s Party (EPP) group in 2004.

In Spain’s 26th June 2016 general election, running in coalition with the Partido Nacionalista Canario (PNC) the party obtained 78,080 votes for 0.33 percent of the total vote nationwide, giving it 1 seat and making it the twelfth largest party represented in the Congress of Deputies, Spain’s lower house of parliament.

As of 2016, the party holds 20 seats in the 60-seat Canarian parliament, ruling in minority with the consent or abstention of other parties. At the national level, in addition to its one seat in Congress the CC holds two seats in the Senate, the upper house of Parliament. The hallmark of its relationship with Spain’s governing parties during the past 23 years has been the barter of its vote in Congress for the investiture of the leading party’s candidate in exchange for a guaranteed transfer of sufficient fiscal resources to sustain the government’s regional operating budget.

In Spain’s general election of Dec. 2015, with Ana Oramas leading the ticket, Coalición Canaria running in coalition with the Partido Nacionalista Canario (PNC) won 81,750 votes (0.33 percent of total votes cast), giving it 1 seat within the Mixed parliamentary group in the Congress of Deputies, Spain’s lower house of parliament. In March 2016, the party cast its sole vote in favor of Socialist party leader Pedro Sánchez in his unsuccessful investiture bid in Congress.

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Updated as of 07/2016

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