When they are fulfilled three months after the general election of 23JSpain still does not know if Pedro Sánchez reissue a coalition government or if the polls are held again next Sunday, January 14. And as the calendar continues to tick, each party continues its strategic lines in the face of what will happen. The PP continues to exert pressure in every institutional space – city councils, regional parliaments and the Senate – and in the streets of case against amnesty that the PSOE negotiated with the independence parties, while Socialists practice silence and discretion- they already warned – their strategy to move towards an investiture they see as possible, without yet explaining their specific position on that hypothetical amnesty.
This week the PP wanted to show the territorial muscle gained in the regional elections in May and up to eleven presidents paraded through the Senate to say a “no” to the possible amnesty for the accused in the ‘procés’. The entire PP, as a block, conspired against this possible agreement between Sánchez and ERC and Junts. In his opinion, this means “apology of criminals”, in addition to an “indignity”, “infamous transaction”, “immorality”, “illegality”, “humiliation”, “treason” and “felony” against in Spain. The most violent in the Upper House was the president of the Community of Madrid, who said that “if this anger prevails, soon there will be no more Spaniards.”
Several famous ‘barons’ have also advanced that they will turn to the court to prevent possible “complaints and discrimination” against their communities if there are advantages of financing or debt forgiveness for Catalonia.
But in addition to the institutions, the ‘popular’ continues their pressure against the street amnesty and announces new “open events”, such as the one they held in Madrid at the end of September, to accuse against Sánchez’s negotiations: the first one is this Sunday in Toledo and they will call two more in Valencia and Malaga.
The leader of the PP, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, regretted the “absolute obscurantism” with which the PSOE developed the negotiations for the investiture and saw Sánchez as able to agree to a referendum “disguised as a non-binding consultation. ” The PP believes that “amnesty has been agreed upon.”
PSOE believes “there is time”: “The pieces fit”
Both from Moncloa and from Ferraz conveyed the message that the negotiations are “flowing” and “serious” and that the “will on the part of everyone is to negotiate”, according to TVE sources, who continue to -insist on its “complexity”. ..
They always ask for discretion, expressed the message that the investiture of Sánchez is “possible” and criticized the haste of the PP “when they spent a month trying it”, referring to the time when Feijóo should try to make an investiture that in finally unsuccessful. They also accused the PP of “instrumentalizing” institutions such as the Senate “where they seek to bring the argument to Génova Street.”
“There is time,” they insist, until November 27 for the socialists to close an agreement and they acknowledge that although the independence movement continues to publicly maintain the highest positions – they insist on amnesty, but also in the referendum – in Moncloa they stayed. confident that the talks will reach a “successful conclusion” and Sánchez will be re-elected president. “The pieces fit,” they are confident.
So far the PSOE has not given any details on the type of amnesty it is ready to accept, despite the fact that Sánchez said that, once the positions of the groups are heard, “the PSOE will establish a position.” Yes he forced that There are up to 57 representatives who have requested the measure of grace, in reference to the parliamentarians of Sumar, ERC, Junts, EH Bildu, PNV and BNG. If the 121 members of the PSOE finally accept this amnesty, the number will reach 178, which will exceed the absolute majority for Sánchez to be sworn in as president in November.
The acting spokesperson of the Government, Isabel Rodríguez, indicated this week that once the agreement is reached, “all explanations” will be given. “Discretion in work, transparency in conclusions and when we have finished the work we will tell the opinion of the public,” he declared at the press conference after the Council of Ministers, to say again, as the PSOE does in every intervention, that “all the negotiations are in within the framework. of the Constitution”.
All this in a week where the CIS barometer shows that the PSOE has lost its voting intentions and is approaching a tie with the PP.
The ERC sought its leading role in the negotiations against the Junts
Another of the political keys this week focuses on the ERC, which has a president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, who is trying to find a leading role against the Junts in the negotiations.
On Tuesday the ‘president’ launched his proposal for an agreed referendum, only for Catalonia, with a “clear” question and a “yes or no answer” as the “only formula to solve the conflict” and on Thursday he went to the Senate to champion, in front of all the regional presidents of the PP, the defense of amnesty and self-determination in Catalonia.
Republicans are thus trying to regain prominence after several months in which Junts and Carles Puigdemont monopolized all the spotlights as the main actors for Sánchez to be inaugurated or not, making it clear that they do not reject unilateralism in the search for independence, the main disagreement with the Republicans to achieve the same goal.
October: from appointment as a candidate to actions and silence
So, October is progressing. The first week of the month was marked by the appointment of Sánchez as a candidate and the acknowledgment on his part that the amnesty, which he finally cited, is on the negotiation table and the second week of this key month takes center stage on Sánchez meetings with parliamentary groupswith gestures, calls and symbolic pictures to promote his investiture.
This is the third week of October the cloak of silence in the progress of that negotiation marked everything and the parties will enter next and last week with pressure from each other to step up, meet their conditions or break the deck and go to the polls.
If we reach November without a closed agreement, the shadow of the repeat election will begin to grow and grow.