First names for the new PP foundation: tennis coach Toni Nadal and journalist Pilar García de la Granja. This has been confirmed this Monday by sources of the popular leadership. These are the first two names of the new lineup of the popular think tank, which Genoa will gradually reveal.
Toni Nadal, a 62-year-old man from Manacor, has been the most famous tennis coach for the Spanish, for having led his nephew from his beginnings to the elite. The also director of the Rafa Nadal Academy in Manacor announced in 2017 that he was leaving his position as coach of his nephew after more than a decade. He now trains Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime.
The incorporation of Rafa Nadal's uncle and former coach as a member of the foundation is understood as an advisory contribution, rather than an ideological one. What the PP wants is to bring together "leaders" of civil society who can not only provide ideas, but also contacts.
In this sense, the other name that has been put on the table is that of Pilar García de la Granja, advanced by EL MUNDO. The journalist, deputy director of Nius, is president of the Querer Foundation, and it is for this last facet that the PP requires her services. Querer is defined as "a non-profit institution created in 2016 whose resources are dedicated entirely to the foundational purposes: Education, research and dissemination and social awareness related to children with special educational needs derived from their neurological diseases and who specifically suffer Language disorder as a consequence of their illnesses and/or disorders".
The PP assures that its intention "is to attract talent and experience that give added value to politics in general and to the PP in particular." Of Toni Nadal, the president of the PP especially values "his extensive experience in sports management and his firm defense of the values of effort and capacity, as he has shown throughout his successful professional career", the popular have assured in a statement . As for Pilar García de la Granja, Feijóo believes that "her contribution from her will be key due to her knowledge of the so-called Third Sector," they add.
With these two incorporations the dance of changes in the foundation of the popular begins. To begin with, it will no longer be called Fundación Concordia y Libertad, which was the name given to it by Pablo Casado. Second, it will be more advisory in nature and will be broader. In the next few days the next members will be announced, and their first meeting.
There is still no appointed president, but PP sources confirm to this newspaper that the executive management tasks will be carried out by the former president of Renfe Pablo Vázquez, who is the economist who is leading the work of starting up the foundation. He "will coordinate the daily work of the foundation and will hold the most important position," the sources say. That is to say, it is not ruled out that he is finally the president.
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