The new name of the merger of Don Benito and Villanueva: Concordia del Guadiana or Mestas del Guadiana


Corporations in both locations now have to choose between one of two proposed by a commission of experts

Commission Spokesperson
Commission spokesperson, at the center, with two mayors, at the time of the announcement of the names selected tonightEM
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The great mystery of the merger of Don Benito and Villanueva is close to being revealed. Concordia del Guadiana and Mestas del Guadiana are two names proposed by a commission of 14 experts created for this purpose, which would be created from the merger of the city’s name Don Benito and the province of Villanueva de la Serena. Badajoz, Approved February 20.

As the chairman of the said commission, Julio Carmona, explained tonight, these names have been approved by the majority of the members of this commission and presented at the plenary session of the city councils of Don Benito and Villanueva de la Serena. From now on, both corporations must ratify one of these two resolutions, and that resolution will give rise to the definite name. The 42 councilors that make up the municipalities of Don Benito and Villanueva de la Serena will choose one of two proposals at the plenary session. The third most populous city in Extremadura is named the city with the most votes.

One of the processes required for the new name to become official would be for the Local Bodies Registry to approve these proposals, which would confirm that none of the terms could cause confusion with the name of any other municipality registered in Spain. .

Two finalists were announced at the same time, a demonstration against the merger took to the streets of Don Benito to protest against those who consider irregularities in the merger process and especially the results of the votes in the area. In, in which several hours to learn, and not one in Villanueva, who was blamed for a computer error, which raised doubts given the tightness of the result.

It should be remembered that a tight result in the vote, with a narrow margin in the city of Don Benito, as exciting as it was controversial, allowed the merger process in February to be given the green light, which will take place in 2027. The referendum established that it was necessary that the vote reach 66 percent in each of the two municipalities. In Villanueva, yes was the majority, with 90.49 percent, while in Don Benito it was 66.2 percent and invalid votes were rescinded so that the percentage eventually exceeded the established limit.

The future municipal center will have an area of ​​approximately 700 square kilometers and a population of about 63,000 inhabitants, making it the third Extremaduran city in the number of inhabitants, behind Badajoz and Casares, and ahead of Mérida, which is in that position today.

As the basis for the denomination it was established that the new name would not include the current denominations of the two cities, so the designation must be completely new.

Two weeks ago, the Labor Commission had requested extension of tenure to determine various proposals as the subject was “in great difficulty”, according to the said Commission spokesperson. This, along with the need for prior consultation with the Local Bodies Registry regarding possible inclusion of either of the two names in the said registry, prompted them to request for the said extension.

The mayors, José Luis Quintana (Don Benito) and Miguel Nagel Gallardo (Villanueva de la Serena), wanted to remove the new city’s name from the debate before the vote so as not to generate controversy and to focus on economic benefits. that it considers. Fusion

The members of the commission belong to fields related to teaching, philology, history or research. Among them is Caesar Chaparro, a professor of philology; Doctor in Archaeology, Esther Rodriguez; Director of the National Museum of Roman Art in Soil, Trinidad Nogales, Professor in UNIX, Mara Pilar Monteiro; The author Jess Sanchez Adalid or two historians of both cities, Antonio Barrantes and Diego Soto.

The mayors promised not to appear at the elections scheduled for that date and a corporation composed of 25 councilors would be established (there are now 21 in each town hall, a total of 42). A study by the University of Extremadura reported that the region of La Serena would become the second economic pole in the province of Badajoz, accounting for 11.2% of the provincial value added. In addition, it will become the first regional economic benchmark in the agriculture and livestock sector with 19.7%; First in Industrial Sector with 8.1%; Or second in trade and market services.

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