The agreement between Podemos, IU, Más País, Equo, the Andalusian People’s Initiative and the Green Alliance to participate in the coalition “For Andalusia” in the Andalusian elections on June 19 was reached as a last resort, around midnight on Friday and therefore only a few minutes before deadline for registering coalitions. During the talks, numerous divisions between the party, led by Social Rights Minister Ione Belarra, and the rest of the confederate space were evident. And the legal turmoil that prevented Podemos’ signature from appearing on the register has yet to be clarified due to an error related to a last-minute deal, though the Electoral Commission denied the party’s allegations. However, with nuances, all parties emphasize as “very positive” that finally the six parties to the left of the PSOE agree with the Andalusians.
The initiative, despite its complexity, paves the way for second vice president and labor secretary Yolanda Diaz’s project to form a single candidacy in the next general election with all parties united to the left, opening it even to other, more cross-cutting sentiments. But it also reflected the difficulties that exist within United We Can among its various members due to the exchange of recriminations that took place on the same Friday before the closing of the agreement, blaming each other for the possible failure of the union, which did come after all. come forward.
It was a tough fight for the top spot on the list. In the end, Podemos relented and accepted the IU candidate, Inma Nieto, after trying to impose his candidate, Juan Antonio Delgado, until the last moment, despite the fact that IU is the power of the majority in Andalusia, and that Nieto caused a consensus in the rest of the matches . But minutes before the signing of the pact, Podemos accused IU of presenting a proposal that the party believes underestimated its presence in the coalition, both in the starting positions and in parliamentary bodies, while forcing it to devote most of its financial resources to the campaign. . . And the formation of consumer minister Alberto Garzon accused Ione Belarra of trying to find excuses for the failure of the negotiations, given that Podemos did not really want an agreement that included “More country”, because of the consequences that this union could have on the state level, where both parties are trying to maintain their independence after the split in Podemos caused by the departure of Íñigo Errejón and the creation of his own political party in 2019.
Internal divisions persist, but the entire confederal space now unanimously emphasizes that these problems can finally be overcome in order to put forward a joint candidacy in Andalusia. Around 11:00 pm on Friday, just an hour before the coalition registration deadline, it was Yolanda Diaz’s team, faced with possible failure, who decided to take the reins of power into their own hands. All parties acknowledge their mediation work between Podemos and IU through calls made by the VP herself, as well as her chief of staff, Josep Wendrell, which ended in unblocking the situation.
Diaz’s approach to More Country
In a conversation with elDiario.es, Diaz’s entourage is trying to emphasize that the vice-president limited herself to mediation, but that she did not demand anything from either side and did not impose the candidacy of Inma Nieto, with whom the Minister of Labor also went in the same week. arm in arm at the Seville fair. According to his team, Díaz’s intervention came when he realized that the coalition could not get out, which he felt Andalusians, who politically identify as left to socialism, “did not deserve”.
The “major novelty” for the Vice President’s entourage and one of the “successes” of the agreement – in addition to the quarrels between the parties – is that “for the first time” after the break, Podemos and Mas Pais will take part in the elections to the joint list “thanks to the mediation » Diaz. In recent weeks, the Minister of Labor has been photographed at various events both with Errejon and with Más Madrid leaders Monica Garcia and Rita Maestre, in an apparent attempt to bring positions closer in order to bring this party to its future project, so that whoever plans to start an “audition process” in this or next month.
What happened in Andalusia, they say from the Yolanda Diaz team, is an “important first step” in configuring her candidacy in the general election, in order to get them to present themselves “all together”: Podemos, IU and Más País, in addition to three other forces with less representative weight. But sources from the second vice president say that before the general election, their goal is to create a “much wider” and “cross-cutting” space in which the parties will not have as much influence as they did in the Andalusian negotiations. , but rather all the rods in “listening” to citizens and various public organizations.
From Podemos, they justify the differences observed in Andalusia by saying that “negotiations are always difficult”. But they assure that both the one who was their candidate, the MP from Cadiz, José Antonio Delgado, and the state leadership of the party that participated in the negotiations – the role of the secretary of the organization Lilit Verstringe, who took the reins of the dialogue, was relevant on Friday – now they will ” in full swing” during the campaign to try to get a good result for the left and prevent the incumbent President of the Council, Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla, from repeating his post with the foreseen help of Vox.
“From now on unity” is the message that all parties are trying to convey, believing that despite the enormous difficulties of the Andalusian negotiations, from now on the coalition for Andalusia can be strengthened and become an alternative with options at least be crucial to the governability of the community.
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