In PSOE, they have an easy investiture in Pedro Sánchez after a failed attempt by Alberto Núñez Feijóo. The contacts with their colleagues took place on the same election night, 23-J. The demands are well known. They even believe that their voters, and society in general, have the amnesty law, which is one of the most difficult obstacles to overcome. What they don’t count on is that, eventually, the needs will grow and emerge as more “difficulty,” which they prefer not to elaborate on.
“Don’t let anyone think it’s easy”, they said to the negotiating team. The real situation of the discussions with the Junts and the ERC, the most complicated, is known only in detail to a few people: Felix Bolañosacting Minister of the Presidency; Mary Jesus Monterodeputy secretary general of PSOE and acting Minister of Finance; Santos Cerdán, organization secretary; and himself, Pedro Sánchez.
Added to the hermeticism of the hard core is an informative lock imposed by the party to prevent any declaration of distortion in any negotiation. The command is silence or, at most, throwing balls with vague and prefabricated answers. Any indiscretion, mistake, or decontextualized phrase will destroy the negotiation with Carles Puigdemont, whose “voluble” character has long turned the PSOE on its head. The rivalry between Junts and ERC is also worrying
To try to save time, after a round of contacts with all parliamentary groups except Vox, the PSOE held a week of meetings with groups (science, education, environment, feminists, and Agenda 2030). Socialist advisers defend it as a way of examining society and to get ideas for the investiture speech, for which they promise that, if it happens, it will be a social attitude to overcome thorny issues like amnesty.
Others raised their eyebrows and did not hide that there was a pre-electoral purpose to encourage groups in the leftist orbit. “Nothing is disposable” they said as they entered the party. Many of those who attended the meetings organized by Ferraz agreed that they saw Pedro Sánchez “alive” and “positive” but did not disclose the main unknown: the date of investiture. “We’ll have to wait a few more weeks, said the acting president of the government in several meetings.
Hit the brakes?
In Ferraz, they promised that, after a week that seemed endless and slow, Sánchez and his colleagues would accelerate the pace. This Tuesday, the voting of the so-called “Council of the Republic” by Puigdemont is set to end. Socialists hope that, from there, Puigdemont and the public are moving towards yes. They also believe that a yes vote can be obtained from the ERC, despite the fact that Pere Aragonés took the referendum again during his speech in the Senate. “His speech was as expected,” they said, downplaying its importance.
They are more optimistic about PSOE with Sumar. Socialists believe that an agreement will be reached in the coming days, despite the fact that Yolanda Diaz’s demands have increased. In recognition of Palestine, a 4-day working day was added.
Sánchez will leave this coming Wednesday for the European Council. He will be out in Spain on Thursday and Friday. On the 31st of swearing in the Constitution by Princess Leonor of Borbón The calendar is tight to reach an agreement with the minority partner. There are a few free days before the end of the month of October, which is the date set by Sumar and the PSOE as the limit. Everything indicates that the agreement can be signed on the 30th.
All with Sánchez
The regional federations are optimistic and reject that an agreement cannot be reached between PSOE, Sumar, PNV, Bildu, ERC, and Junts. They believe that Sánchez will return to invest and reject those measures like amnesty, whose consequences, if they continue to emerge, can be disastrous.
“Right now, what the people of the PSOE want is for Pedro Sánchez to govern. That is clear: “They said to an important federation. Within the party, the idea of the need for a rule that brings back the Catalan fugitive penetrated. “Let him continue there (in Belgium). Spain is bad,said an important regional leader who lost his position last May. No one wants to hear about the re-voting on January 14, but few people know about Sánchez’s strategy.