Orihuela mayor, Emilio Bascuñana, used Sunday’s celebrations of Valencia Day to warn the Valencian government that Orihuela and the Vega Baja region needs to keep its tradition of using the Spanish language as the primary language within its schools. The Valencian government wants all schools to maintain the teaching of subjects using Valenciano, which is rarely used in the southern tip of the large region, with Bascuñana saying that encouragement was the way forward rather than compulsion. 

The Partido Popular mayor also fired a broadside at the PSOE-led Valencia coalition for offering a better deal to other municipalities, as opposed to the Orihuela area. The mayor’s comments came in a year when the regional administration agreed to finance a new health centre in Orihuela City, in addition to breaking the log jam over the incompleted emergency centre for the Orihuela Costa based at La Zenia.

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