Inmaculada Nieto, candidate for the left-wing coalition For Andalusia, vehemently rejects the hypothesis that Podemos is not among the six parties that agreed to stand together in the June 19 elections. “I don’t put myself in that scenario. Since there is a political agreement and there is the will of all parties to comply with it, the Podemos coalition will have deputies,” Nieto explained, stressing that this alliance was created to fight right-wing politics. and Vox promotion.
At the moment, Podemos is not a legal part of this alliance. The unified leftist candidacy is based on a political agreement between six parties – the IU, Podemos, Más País, Equo, the Andalusian People’s Initiative and the Alliance of the Greens – but the purple formation did not arrive in time to put its signature on the coalition register in front of the Electoral Commission of Andalusia last Friday evening. because he was in a rush to negotiate with IU until the last minute in order to gain more political weight in the merger.
The four formations that were registered last night submitted a corrective letter about a “substantial error” in the documentation so that the competent authority would agree to dilute the coalition to four and turn it into a union of six parties. But his own legal advisers warn that this path will not succeed. Nieto, in an interview with Cadena Ser, downplayed the legal turmoil by clinging to a last-minute political deal after five months of tense negotiations. “It is my turn to evaluate the political agreement. We agreed on a civil mandate to go to the elections in Andalusia together, that’s what’s important. In the legal field, my colleagues will solve it,” he assures.
Nieto is convinced that the six parties will “campaign together” and that “Podemos is part of the agreement and politically very active in the coalition.” The party, led by Minister Ione Belarra, had previously registered a general representative with the Electoral Commission, which would allow him, if he wanted to, to attend the Andalusian elections alone. This is a scenario that no one is currently considering, and it will be resolved on June 16, when the deadline for submitting regional lists expires.
If the rectification document does not succeed, as might have been foreseen, the only formula for Podemos to continue in the coalition is for his deputies to appear as “independents”. But the Purple Party will not have access to campaign or parliamentary funds, as they agreed with the IU. It would be a kind of stone guest, and his position would be very jibarized in relation to the rest of the games.
The veteran IU MP and United We Can representative in the Andalusian parliament admits that “negotiations are always difficult” and that the deal “was very tough and the result was not as happy as we expected.” But he adds: “There are no problems, stumbling blocks or tensions that could overshadow what we wanted to do. I was not at the forefront of negotiations. Everything went well, although very honestly.”
Nieto was grateful that Podemos had finally dropped the candidate he chose in his primaries, in a parallel process that at times seemed to compete with negotiations to clear the merger. The Cádiz congressional deputy, Juan Antonio Delgado, was expelled in favor of Algeciras. “The decision had to be made by consensus, and my profile had more consensus than theirs,” he says.
Asked about the involvement of government vice-president Yolanda Diaz in the construction of this Andalusian “broad front”, Nieto assured that she “did not take a direct part” in the negotiations – an extreme denied by her own staff – but that she had “He was very vigilant.” The Andalusia MP explained that Diaz has high expectations from this alliance of six parties, but that his political project has yet to develop through his own channels with an eye on the general election.
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