PSOE and Podemos go to extra time. The negotiations to correct the law of the only yes is yes are stuck in what is crucial and the resolution of the conflict is waiting for the Socialists to give up their patience and choose to present the changes to the rule alone. In principle it was going to be yesterday, but finally Ferraz takes the weekend to speed up a little more time and prop up the story that he has talked with the Ministry of Equality until the last minute. Total, for technical purposes he did not care to register the initiative yesterday than on Monday. Well, the objective is for it to be at the Congress Table on Tuesday so that it can be qualified and the process can begin.
In addition, delaying the presentation of the bill for a few more days is also a way of deactivating the propaganda act that Podemos organizes in Madrid on Sunday with Irene Montero at the helm, accompanied by the senior staff of the Ministry of Equality and the purple party. The minister's verbal offensive cannot be as harsh if there is officially a negotiating table underway as if it is dissolved and a war is unleashed between the partners.
Of course, everything indicates that it will be the next day when the PSOE fulfills its threat to move forward at its own risk. The present is urgent, as it needs to defend itself from the abrasive data that there are 400 sexual offenders who have benefited from sentence reductions. Everything, just over 100 days after voting in the municipal and regional elections.
The stricture of the Ministry of Equality to reject the inclusion of violence and intimidation in the sentence scheme, as the Ministry of Justice is proposing, makes a solution practically impossible between now and the next few days. For Montero, Pilar Llop's approach would imply ending the model based on consent and they are not going to take a single step down that road. Hence the agreement is so difficult. Because the "technical" solution to the problem provokes contradictory interpretations. Some emphasize that consent is de facto repealed and others defend that it remains in force and untouched.
The closure of Montero, who considers that it is the only way to save the law of only yes is yes, will force Pedro Sánchez to intervene directly to ultimately give the green light for the PSOE to take the initiative to go to Congress with a proposal without the consensus of United We Can. The instruction to correct the law was already an order given personally by the president, which the Minister of Equality has had no choice but to comply with. But since then, there have been about two months of dialogue in vain. Justice insisting on its solution proposal and Equality proposing different alternatives that one by one have been rejected.
The differences between the PSOE and Unidas Podemos in the laws of the Ministry of Equality have been a constant in this legislature, but after sometimes going through unsustainable situations, as happened with the Trans Law within the Council of Ministers, it will be the first time that Sánchez categorically and explicitly disavows Montero. The war of the Trans Law, it should be remembered, ended with the victory of the purple minister and with the departure of the defeated, Carmen Calvo, from the Government, when the president tipped the balance towards the side of Podemos to get out of the mess.
Now Sánchez has taken a different path. He has disavowed Montero by ordering the change and has dismantled part of the Equality story about the situation - that the reductions are being made by "macho" judges who misapply the law - by implicitly acknowledging errors.
Despite this, the minister clings to the position and refuses to resign. "My obligation when there is a difficult moment is to show up and be there to try to protect what is surely in institutional terms the main feminist advance in the last 20 years," she said this Friday in an interview on RNE. For the first time, she responded to this possibility, which is mainly demanded by the PP.
Similarly, Montero denies that Podemos is going to leave the Government. Not even if there is a total war between the two partners on account of the reform of the law of only yes is yes. Well, Podemos warns that the Justice proposal will reject it if it is put to a vote in Congress.
But it is what will reach the Chamber. The Secretary of State for Justice, Tontxu Rodríguez, said that he "already has it prepared" and Montero admits that this scenario is "possible."
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