Are 23:57 Friday, the deadline for registration of coalitions for the next 19J is coming to an end. Members of the legal groups IU, Más País, Verdes Equo and the Initiative have been meeting for several hours at the Hospital de las Cinco Llagas in Seville, where the Andalusian Parliament is located. However, representatives and documents of Podemos and Alianza Verde are missing. Political negotiations were paralyzed for most of the day, but a few minutes ago, the leaders of Podemos and IU made a political agreement that will lead to the creation of a coalition “For Andalusia”. Finally.
Negotiation sources tell how the purple formation cut off communication for most of the day, starting in the morning. Even the general secretary of Podemos Andalucía, Martina Velarde, left the WhatsApp group, where there were interlocutors of other parties. With a few rare exceptions, conversations were interrupted until about 23:00.an hour remained to register the coalition with the Andalusian electoral commission.
Shortly before this, the Podemos and IU negotiators had reached a political agreement: the name of the candidate for the presidency of the Council would be Inma Nieto (IU leader, also supported by Mas Pais). Podemos will lead four provinces (Huelva, Cadiz, Cordoba and Granada), Aiu, three (Malaga, Jaén and Almeria) and Sevilla for Mas Pais. There was agreement on a unitary candidacy, but the clock was ticking and the deadline, like a stove, could be touched with your fingertips.
IU and Podemos sources acknowledgethe work of Yolanda Diaz’s team to reach a consensus. When there was no communication between the two formations, the Vice President’s men were the necessary link to quickly resume the conversation at 11:02 pm. At this time, Podemos sent a new proposal for negotiations. This policy proposal has been accepted and Podemos is forwarding it in the document at 23:29. Tony Valero, general coordinator of IU Andalucía, gives the go-ahead at 23:38.
The political agreement has already become a reality, the time has come to legally register the coalition with the Electoral College, that is, to submit a technical information document on which formations will be part of the coalition and some of their legal descriptions. We return to the corridors of the Hospital de las Cinco Llagas, not far from where Esperanza Macarena, one of the protagonists of the streets of Seville, rests a few weeks ago.
Members of the IU technical and legal team, along with other members of the coalition, are waiting to submit documentation to the Electoral Commission. We can send an official document duly completed and signed 23:58. Those waiting in Parliament (who repeat to the public that they have warned their purple partners several times to send the file on time) know that they have to print it and that they do not arrive on time. It is at this point that they register a coalition without Podemos or Alianza Verde, since the IU, Más País, Verdes Equo and Initiative documentation has been prepared for some time in case political negotiations with Podemos do not come to fruition.
As soon as the signal sounds, Friday is over and the deadline has expired, the documentation of the coalition with Podemos and Alianza Verde goes to the register. It’s in 0:14h. We may also send another request electronically to 1:07 am Saturdays. The Electoral Commission has already ruled on these entries after the deadline, rejecting them for this reason.
Podemos and IU’s legal teams are working differently, trying to correct the coalition’s timely request (which Podemos and Alianza Verde are not members of) to include them. Legal sources told the newspaper that they thought the option was unlikely to bear fruit.
If this did not happen, Podemos candidates could participate in the coalition in positions and provinces agreed by the leadership of the parties included in the coalition, but legally Podemos would not be part of it. Your logo will not be printed on the ballot and you will not be eligible for funding. All this is the result of a strategy that tried to bring the negotiations to the last moment, a game of poker that this time could be very expensive.
Against all odds, there is a confluence in Andalusia. There is a political agreement that is the most relevant. It looked like everything had been blown up. Without understanding between Podemos and IU in the 19J Unidos elections, Podemos will collapse, and with it, his participation in the coalition government will be attributed to an unknown factor, and the parliamentary group in Congress will disintegrate.
That there is a merger in Andalusia is good news for the left state, otherwise they would enter a destructive spiral. In Andalusia, in this sense, it breaks with the inertia of unraveling this political space and adds new alliances. A good electoral result for Andalusia would also be good news for the left in the state. At the moment, the forecast, judging by the polls, is difficult, but the final decision of the voters will depend on how the election campaign develops. The chemistry of the coalition partners in these weeks will be critical to this, and they already have a political agreement to work on.
The commitment of IU and PCE to this candidacy is maximum, Nieto is their project. On April 29, the federal and Andalusian directorates of the IU and PCE shared their strategies for making political commitments that start with these Andalusians and go beyond, to a new electoral cycle that will end next year with municipal, regional and general. Andalusian girls are already the first step of the new. Although it continues to drag dynamics from the previous cycle.
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