Update 6pm: Pictures from the ceremony, and moment of the handover. Tenerife now has a new president, Carlos Alonso.
Update 16 September: If anyone would like to watch the ceremony live, it is being transmitted by the Cabildo HERE from 5pm.
Original post 15 September: Today is the final day for President Ricardo Melchior’s mandate at the head of the Tenerife Cabildo. Sr Melchior is standing down tomorrow after 14 years as president in favour of his hand-picked successor. Sr Melchior’s time in office has been productive for Tenerife, not least in terms of his avuncular image and multilingualism – he speaks English and German fluently. Recently he has hit the headlines for his support of the Tenerife train project, and his call for fellow CC member Paulino Rivero similarly to step aside as President of the Canarian Government.
His successor, Carlos Alonso, is a younger switched-on family man, whose main interest is communication technology. In this, he’s seen as “next generation” to Ricardo Melchior, whose main focus for much of his presidency was renewable energy. Both men are generous with the press, and regularly make themselves available for questions or interviews. Unlike Melchior, however, Alonso is unlikely to be at the helm in Tenerife for over a decade: he is on record as saying he won’t end his career in the Canaries, and that he’ll be moving on, perhaps to the mainland or even the EU in a few years. Good luck to both men, one for an enjoyable retirement, and the other for a further successful step in what seems likely to be something of a stellar career over the next thirty years.