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The Lehendakari responds to citizens in a new Twitter interview

2010 October 26

The end of terrorism, the implementation of the Statute, the economic situation, changes in the central Government and questions of a personal nature are amongst the issues raised by citizens

The Lehendakari, Patxi López, has held the fourth live interview with citizens since he entered office as the head of the Basque Executive. This periodic event enables the Lehendakari to fulfil his commitment to bring the Basque administration closer to citizens, particularly those individuals who wish to have the Lehendakari answer their queries or questions without intermediaries. On this occasion, the implementation of the Statute of Guernica, the recent cabinet changes made by José L. Rodríguez Zapatero and the emergence from the economic crisis have been the most frequent topics raised by the individuals who connected to the Twitter social network at 18:00 and those who formulated their questions previously via the Irekia citizen participation web site.

Arrate Fernández was the first Internet user to receive a response from the Lehendakari in his fourth Twitter interview since coming into office. This periodic event, wherein the Lehendakari opens the doors of the Lehendakaritza "on the net" to the citizens of the Basque Country, has served to provide evidence of citizen interest in political affairs, social matters and even questions of a personal nature concerning the Lehendakari.

The Internet users have shown their interest in the latest current developments: the first question addressed the situation of the left-wing Abertzale nationalists and their hypothetical presence in the upcoming municipal elections. "We place no demands on the left-wing Abertzale nationalists that we, the remainder of the political parties, do not comply with," the Lehendakari reiterated, stressing that "their presence or absence in the elections is "their responsibility." "If they wish to be present in the elections and enter politics, they know what they have to do, and it falls to them to do it," he added, affirming the Basque Government will maintain its policy of "democratic steadfastness" and "zero tolerance" in the face of terrorism.

Questioned about the appropriateness of commemorating the Statute of Guernica at the present time, the Lehendakari defended the role played by the Statute as a "pact amongst different peoples who want to live as equals." With regards to those who were not present in the act celebrated yesterday in the Lehendakaritza, more specifically the absence of the former Lehendakari, Ibarretxe, who defended his doctoral thesis in San Sebastian, the Lehendakari expressed his regret that Ibarretxe has returned to the "Ibarretxe Plan", which he characterised as a "failed" and "confrontational" initiative, rather than joining the celebration of the "meeting point" that the Statute of Guernica represents.

The municipal coming of age

JSAlava raised the issue of the Draft of the Municipal Law, presented last Friday, in order to understand what it will afford to the town and city halls. "Their coming of age", the Lehendakari responded, explaining that the new Law will provide the municipalities with financial autonomy and greater clarity in terms of their competences. "The time has come for everyone to lay their cards on the table and state whether or not they are willing to cede competences and resources," he emphasised, announcing that the Basque Government is willing to put this into effect.


Over the course of the half-hour period taken in by the interview with citizens, the Internet users have raised the issue of the latest cabinet changes carried out by José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, asking the Lehendakari whether or not he is planning similar changes in his Executive. "I am truly satisfied with the Basque Country's Government," he assured the interlocutors, defending the work of the ministers and administrative personnel.

Continuing with political themes and current affairs, mikelotaegi also questioned the Lehendakari in relation to his hypothetical rival in the next regional elections, or even general elections. The Lehendakari showed his respect for the internal processes of other parties whilst ruling out the possibility of competing as a presidential candidate.

The Basque language, housing and the smoking law

Leaving aside political matters, the questions of the citizens also focused on other areas of interest. During the interview, and previously via Irekia, may interlocutors asked questions in the Basque language, a few relating to the advances made by the Lehendakari in relation to his fluency in this language. "I have just come from my class," Mr López confessed, going on to praise the work of blogs such as Sustatu.

Addressing social concerns and personal matters, the Lehendakari was also obliged to respond in relation to the new anti-smoking law that prohibits tobacco use in all public spaces, given that he is a smoker, which the user Netoratón classified as a "contradiction." "Personal cravings can never form the basis of policy, first and foremost the health of citizens must be considered and respect for non-smokers rather than focusing so much on whether or not I smoke," the Lehendakari stated, affirming that he has begun the process of giving up smoking.

Housing was another area of concern amongst the Internet users, an area where the Lehendakari has stated that he is committed to ensuring that young people begin to gain independence via rented property, one of the main "commitments" of the Basque Executive.

 

19 comments
  • 2010 October 26

    Señor lehendakari, en las últimas semanas se han producido varias averías en el metro de Bilbao, algunas de ellas calificadas como muy graves. La última de ellas ocurrió el sábado pasado, debido a la cual se tuvo que desalojar un tren en pleno túnel. ¿Por qué han aumentado estas averías en el metro? ¿Se están reduciendo las partidas destinadas al mantenimiento? La nueva dirección del CTB y de Metro Bilbao debería tomar medidas urgentes para evitar estas averías y no disminuir el esfuerzo en mantenimiento, en limpieza o en inversión para mejorar el transporte, como la adquisición del quinto vagón. En los próximos meses el metro llegará a Basauri. La dirección de Metro Bilbao y del CTB debe tomar medidas ante estos problemas.

  • 2010 October 26

    Buenas tardes, Patxi. Hace ya prácticamente dos años comenzó a sonar de manera habitual la canción de Bruce Springsteen, "working on a dream", "trabajando por un sueño"; un sueño que se hizo realidad: ¿Cuál ha sido hasta hoy el momento que con más satisfacción has vivido como socialista vasco desde que accediste a la lehendakaritza? ¿Ha habido alguna pesadilla?
    Un saludo

  • 2010 October 26

    Señor lehendakari. Tengo una pregunta para usted. ¿ Cuando piensa conceder una entrevista en Onda Vasca?.

  • 2010 October 26

    ¿Cómo se puede hablar de alto el fuego de ETA, mientras siguen enviando cartas de extorsión a los empresarios?

  • 2010 October 26

    ¿Cuándo vamos a ver coches eléctricos en Euskadi?

  • 2010 October 25

    Lehendakari, la actual crisis marca un punto de inflexión en la capacidad de los Gobiernos de recaudar y gastar. Hay más gastos y menos dinero para invertir. En vez de plantear un debate sobre la reforma de la fiscalidad o la subida de impuestos, ¿por qué no se plantea un programa de reformas del Estado para reducirlo en lo que esté duplicado? ¿Por qué no eliminar competencias compartidas entre instituciones? ¿Por qué hay competencias duplicadas entre el gobierno central, el gobierno vasco, las diputaciones y los ayuntamientos? ¿Por qué se recuperan instituciones del antiguo régimen como los consejos comarcales en Aragón o las veguerías en Cataluña?

  • @emgiro
    2010 October 25

    Comentario de Twitter:
    interessant: "El Lehendakari se someterá a una nueva entrevista con la ciudadanía el próximo martes" ( http://bit.ly/cpicaJ ) #politica20

  • 2010 October 25

    ¿Por qué hay que tener generosidad con los presos de ETA que ni siquiera han pedido perdón por sus asesinatos?

  • 2010 October 25

    Leí la entrevista de Otegi y no vi nada nuevo en ella. La misma palabrería de siempre ¿Qué es lo que estáis viendo para decir que hay una melodía diferente?

  • 2010 October 25

    Twitterreko euskarazko edukiak batzen dituen Umap gune berrian, http://eu.umap.eu/patxilopez orrian ikusi ahal izango dira Lehendakariari euskaraz formulatutako galderak.

  • 2010 October 25

    Twitterreko euskarazko edukia batzen duen Umap zerbitzu berrian, http://eu.umap.eu/patxilopez orrian agertuko dira euskaraz formulatutako galderak.

  • @ramonramon
    2010 October 23

    Comentario de Twitter:
    RT @Irekia: El martes a las 18h podrás volver a entrevistar al Lehendakari. Deja tus preguntas en twitter con hashtag... http://fb.me/M8cgUdFO

  • @neivan_r
    2010 October 23

    Comentario de Twitter:
    RT @jsalava: El martes a las 18h podrás volver a entrevistar al Lehendakari.Deja tus preguntas en twitter con hashtag http://fb.me/M8cgUdFO #patxilopez

  • @jsalava
    2010 October 23

    Comentario de Twitter:
    El martes a las 18h podrás volver a entrevistar al Lehendakari.Deja tus preguntas en twitter con hashtag http://fb.me/M8cgUdFO #patxilopez

  • @svetef
    2010 October 22

    Comentario de Twitter:
    El Lehendakari se someterá a una nueva entrevista con la ciudadanía el próximo martes http://bit.ly/cScxkR

  • @Oscar_Ray
    2010 October 22

    Comentario de Twitter:
    RT @Irekia: El martes a las 18h podrás volver a entrevistar al Lehendakari. Deja tus preguntas en twitter con hashtag... http://fb.me/M8cgUdFO

  • @lonifasiko
    2010 October 22

    Comentario de Twitter:
    RT @Irekia_News: El Lehendakari se someterá a una nueva entrevista con la ciudadanía el próximo martes. http://bit.ly/cScxkR

  • @vllona
    2010 October 22

    Comentario de Twitter:
    RT @Irekia_News: El Lehendakari se someterá a una nueva entrevista con la ciudadanía el próximo martes. http://bit.ly/cScxkR

  • @Maripuchi
    2010 October 22

    Comentario de Twitter:
    RT @Irekia_News: El Lehendakari se someterá a una nueva entrevista con la ciudadanía el próximo martes. http://bit.ly/cScxkR

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