Sumar believes that the representatives of Podemos committed “transfuguism” in their decision to leave the parliamentary group to go to the mixed one. “If someone stands up for a coalition and leaves it, we are talking about a case of transfuguism,” said the spokesman of the coalition and Minister of Culture, Ernest Urstasun in a press conference this Monday.
Although its leaders reiterated this in private last week, after learning of Ione Belarra’s decision, until now they have not used the word in public more forcefully. Asked about this matter, Urtasun stated the third addendum to the Anti-Transfuguism Pact, signed by Podemos, as he remembered. “If there are doubts about who the people who committed transfuguism are, it is the political subject that presents them and / or the party that proposes them in the case of the previous paragraph that will clarify in writing who has left the formation, expelled or ” They departed from their discipline, for the purposes of their classification as turncoats,” says part of the text.
Urtasun also said that the representatives themselves left the group that should know if what they did was a transfuguism or not but, if so, he said, “they should not be rewarded.” In other words, in Sumar’s opinion, they should leave the record. “The agreement was made to prevent anyone benefiting from something like this,” the spokesman said.
He added that they are studying whether to file a case against the five deputies to the Monitoring Commission of the Anti-Transfuguism Pact. “We are studying it but the spirit and letter of the agreement is clear,” he said. In any case, a statement from that commission is not binding and will only serve to increase the pressure on the Belarra party in this regard.
Last week Catalunya en Comú issued a statement in which they asked the five deputies of Podemos to leave the minutes, a request that was also supported by Más Madrid or Compromís. Meanwhile, those inside the party are trying to defend that their movement cannot be classified as transfuguism. “Transfuguism is when a deputy or a series of deputies leave their party. But a collective decision of a party, to affirm that is to lie,” said the founder of Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, in an intervention on TV3 .
The former Podemos deputy Pablo Echenique also wrote a tweet defending this thesis and recalling the precedents of parties that acted like parliamentarians in their formation, such as Comromís with Unidas Podemos in 2016. parliamentary group or others, not only are we not talking about transfuguismo, but it is also something very common with many precedents,” he said.
In Sumar, however, they remembered that in that case there was no express and written agreement to remain with the group of the entire legislature, like the one signed by Podemos to join the Sumar coalition before the 23J elections and they assured that the anti-transfuguism pact does not It comes to the difference if the decision is made by a party or a separate deputy. “We can act as an entity outside of Congress,” they said.