There was an elephant in the room and no one dared to mention it. Relations within United We Can have been complicated for months since Paul’s Church leave institutional politics and Yolanda Diaz took over the leadership of United We Can in government and began to draw other horizons for this political space. Apart from personal likes and dislikes, things weren’t going very well, and last week at the registration of the coalition Through Andalusiathe deck is broken.
Podemos was legally excluded from the Andalusian coalition as his registration did not take place on time. At first, everything became a distribution of guilt, for which rivers of ink had already been written out, a battle for history. Later the decibels dropped and in Andalusia the formations involved presented to the public candidacy led by Inma Nieto and they began work to close the electoral rolls in eight Andalusian provinces.
The wounds have not yet healed, but the campaign is the perfect time to clean them up and work to get the most worthy result by flipping the polls. Podemos claims he relented, naming Nieto as the first choice. IU believes that the agreement is very beneficial for Podemos, both economically and in terms of starting positions in the provincial lists.
The controversy that has so far surrounded this coalition goes beyond Andalusia and cannot be understood without being presented in the process. reconfiguration state of the left. United We Can is an expiring project that was certainly presented for the last time in the elections in Castile and León on February 13th. The new leadership (Diaz will start the audition process after the Andalusians 19J) and the new balance of power in the political space are sources of contention between the parties. There are not many unhealed wounds of the past that are active in the present and will be active in the future.
An election campaign always has an unpredictable moment. The Andalusian will start on June 3, and polls point to bad omens for the left. Unless there is a turning point in the coming weeks, the Por Andalucía coalition will have a hard time on 20 June.. As different sectors of the coalition point to this date as a key date, the distribution of guilt may return. The candidate for the presidency of the Council of Andalusia belongs to the IU (Podemos was betting on Cadiz deputy in Congress Juan Antonio Delgado), and Alberto Garzon’s candidates have every chance of winning. Congratulations (if the numbers are good) but also reproaches (if they’re not). These elections are an important milestone in the construction of a new political entity.
Internal balance of power
Podemos led by Minister of Social Rights and Agenda 2030 Ione Belarra, who took over command of the party in June 2021, has had a difficult adjustment this year to Iglesias, who remains active in the political life of this space and its future despite its organic dissociation. Belarra hoped that her party would become the main driving force behind the project of Vice President Díaz, who, however, decided to emancipate himself and develop his own line of action in two main areas: in government, avoiding a clear and direct confrontation with the PSOE, and internally, opening up for study new alliances with entities that fell apart after the United We Can merger in 2016.
Podemos headquarters know that the balance of power with partners has changed after the departure of Iglesias, but they did not resign themselves to ceasing to be the hegemonic formation of space. The Purple Party has led the merger in recent years, has been a protagonist in major milestones (such as negotiating a vote of no confidence in Mariano Rajoy, agreements with Pedro Sánchez, or entry into state government) and a prime target for mistreating the permanent media by right. For this reason, they will work to have the highest possible quota of influence in the future subject, which will not be without friction, tension and the risk of a break with the Galician team and other formations in space.
In recent months, divisions have become apparent within United We Can, the parliamentary faction, and even within its part of the government. The communities and IU moved away from the purples and approached Diaz’s team. In this process, the main ally of Podemos was PCE led by Enrique SantiagoSecretary of State for the 2030 Agenda of the Belarra Ministry.
In the PCE, relations with Podemos have caused internal tensions, which is one of the main reasons why the party congress to be held in July presents two political proposals and two candidates for the post of general secretary: Santiago himself and Alberto Cubero, counselor in Zaragoza. Santiago has always been in favor of expanding the political space, but based on the alliance of Podemos with IU and PCE to add new entities. The Andalusian anger last week also alienated the Communists and the Purples.
Relationship between Podemos and IU (the coalition, which, in turn, adds some other party and its own fighters to the CPV) has long cooled down. Garzón’s formation seeks to outdo United We Can more broadly and sees Diaz as an ally in this regard. The IU (and PCE) are deeply rooted in Andalusia, a region where they are more militant and where they have significant territorial integration, especially at the municipal level. For this reason, they refused to allow a Podemos candidacy for the presidency of the Council (after the option of an independent candidate was gone), and their stake was placed on Nieto.
There is also a longstanding rivalry between IU and Podemos. The former experienced trauma and internal rupture when the purple power appeared in 2015, causing them to be sidelined as Podemos led the space. IU is looking to have more influence on what’s new, and Belarra’s party isn’t about to lose that. Elections in Andalusia are also the right moment to take a stand in the face of this internal struggle. Other coalition sectors such as ordinary Catalans, also carefully followed in the footsteps of Diaz, distancing themselves from the purple leadership. It’s no secret that Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau has always had his political differences with Iglesias.
expansion of space
The political process that Diaz should lead is largely based on the expansion of the political space, and for this he wants to add who he has broken up with over the years. The stumbling block is new relationship with Iñigo Errejonwith whom the Vice President renewed contact. Errejón, who left the Podemos in January 2019, a few months before the regional elections in which he was Madrid’s candidate to run for Mas Madrid in tandem with Manuela Carmena, did not fare well in the November 2019 general election. with Mas Pais. . However, its sister party Más Madrid was the force with the most votes in the Metropolitan City Council in 2019 (Rita Maestre’s municipal group led it after Carmena left), and Monica Garcia is the leader of the opposition to Isabel Díaz Ayuso in the Vallecas Assembly.
Compromís in the Valencian country is another entity that could participate in the new coalition. Other regional options are also possible. The process of expansion of space is in full swing, but We may feel unfair treatment vice president and the rest of the cast. On the other hand, they believe that it is violets who have to adapt to new times.
Soon, Diaz will start listening to the citizens, but the inner fire in United We Can is not extinguished. After the brackets of the Andalusians, it can grow. On the night of the 19th, the results will be viewed through a magnifying glass, and on Monday, the 20th, reproaches may return. The reconfiguration of the left will be talked about in the coming months. The year is missing for the municipal and autonomous communities in a large part of the communities. If there are no surprises, the generals are a little over a year and a half old.
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