Despite the secrecy with which La Moncloa has wanted to shield its strategy for the motion of censure that is being debated in the Congress of Deputies, Yolanda Díaz's entourage confirmed this Monday that the second vice president will intervene in the turn of the Government's reply to the candidate from Vox to the Presidency, Ramón Tamames. In this way, the duo already made by the president, Pedro Sánchez, and the then highest representative within the United Podemos quota in the coalition, Pablo Iglesias, will be reissued in the previous parliamentary attempt by Santiago Abascal's party to force a political change in Spain .
For the also Minister of Labor, it will also mean the first public intervention and under a powerful focus after confirming that she will present her candidacy for the general elections at the end of the year -under the Sumar brand- in an act that will be held on the 2nd of April at the Magariños sports center in Madrid. The call has been transferred without having previously closed an agreement with the purple formation, which had been publicly urging him for weeks to already reach an agreement to attend together and trying at the same time to impose its rules for said confluence.
Iglesias himself insisted this Monday on this pressure tactic against Díaz through an article published in the online magazine Contexto y Acción in which he argues that the names that will go on the lists for the elections have to be decided by the bases and not by the offices. "Why are the primaries essential? Because they are the only guarantee that, in the event that the parties do not reach an agreement on what each one weighs, unity is guaranteed," wrote the founder of Podemos.
Although he no longer has any organic positions in his party, the opinion of the former Vice President of the Government continues to have a great internal predicament. In fact, the spokesman for the parliamentary group, Pablo Echenique, tweeted an extract and the link to the full text accompanied by the consideration "serious and rigorous analysis of the unit."
Díaz, however, has already warned Podemos that "politics is not about noise, it is not about strength and it is not about pressure", implicitly implying that it will be she who marks the times of a possible understanding in the form of a coalition electoral. He did it last Friday in an institutional meeting that he shared with the former member of the purple formation and now leader of Más País, Íñigo Errejón, with whom, on the other hand, he did show absolute harmony.
Since she began her "listening process to civil society" in July last year, the vice president has visited all the autonomous communities with the exception of the Canary Islands and more than 20,000 people have attended her events. She has also had approaches to other political forces such as Compromís, the Aragonese Chunta and Més per Mallorca, for the moment without materializing in concrete agreements.
So nine months after the beginning of the design of his electoral plan, the doubt to be cleared continues to be the same as at the beginning of the journey: how to fit Podemos into his project. This question continues to generate uncertainty among Spaniards, as reflected in the survey carried out by Sigma Dos for EL MUNDO, published in January, in which 28.3% of those surveyed pushed Díaz to present himself with his brand Sumar without other labels.
The purple party, in turn, plans to hold its State Citizen Council -the highest management body- on April 1, the eve of the launch of the vice president's candidacy. Its leaders have already warned that they will not attend the act of their still parliamentary group mate if they have not managed to close an agreement for the elections beforehand.
"Not coming together would be bad news, not only for all the forces in electoral terms, but it would make the reissue of a coalition government almost impossible and would make the arrival of a far-right government even easier," Iglesias insisted on Monday in His article. "The best example was Andalusia. IU considered there that its weight was greater than that of Podemos and, thanks to the support of Yolanda Díaz, it was able to impose, after a very exhausting negotiation, its candidate without a joint primary process. Seeing the final result, no one in their right mind should repeat that," he added about the bump in the space to the left of the PSOE.
In this context of misgivings and latent tensions, the vice president will have the opportunity to speak and defend her administration in first person during the debate on the motion of no confidence that is being held today and tomorrow in the San Jerónimo race chamber. Podemos had also requested that the ministers of Equality, Irene Montero, and Social Rights, Ione Belarra, intervene in the Executive's turn to reply, an extreme that, although this Monday did not seem likely, in La Moncloa they did not rule out either.
Díaz has been the most valued politician in the barometer prepared by the Center for Sociological Research (CIS) for months. The March delivery of this demoscopic study also focuses on United We Can the electoral punishment for the controversy generated by the reduction of sentences for sexual offenders in application of the law of only yes is yes, in which the promoter of Sumar has tried to stay aside.
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