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Flag of GIL - Image by Jaume Ollé, 12 April 2001
The nefarious businessman Jesús Gil (1933-2004), then President of the Atlético de Madrid football club, was elected Mayor of Marbella in 1991 and re-elected in 1995 and 1999. His political vehicle, a political party called GIL (Grupo Independiente Liberal), contested 12 other municipalities along the Costa del Sol in 1999. Accused that year of corruption, Gil had to resign in 2002, being succeeded by two of his proxies, Julián Muñoz (2002-2003) and Marisol Yagüe (2003-2006). Following the arrest of Yagüe, the Municipal Council of Marbella was dissolved by Royal Decree No. 421, signed on 7 April 2006 and published on 8 April 2006 in the Spanish official gazette, No. 84, pp. 13,820-13,821 (text). A Management Committee appointed by the Provincial Council ran the town until the appointment of a new elected Council, in May 2007. Such a dissolution was unprecedented since the return of Spain to democracy.
[The Telegraph, 17 May 2004; The Economist, 21 August 2003]
Ivan Sache, 19 September 2016
The flag of GIL is white with the party's emblem in the middle.
The stars do not stand for municipalities or territories but for the number of players in a football team, thus standing for Atlético de Madrid, then presided by Jesús Gil. No explanation is given for the colours of the emblem.
Jaume Ollé, 12 April 2001