Second Vice-President and Labor Minister Yolanda Díaz is trying to shift relations with the Podemos leadership to strengthen her political project. The one led by the Minister of Social Rights, Ione Bellara, is the main party that, together with the rest of the forces that make up United We Can, trust him as the next candidate for the presidency of the government, without Diaz himself. First they decided whether to take a step or not. After months of distance, which both sides attributed to communication problems, Diaz resumed meetings with Bellara and the other space ministers for weeks to seek greater understanding.
One of the aims is to coordinate the confederation group’s position in the coalition government amid clashes with the PSOE over rising defense spending that United We Can not share, and to agree on the measures that will be needed as a majority partner in the new budget negotiations, which will set the legislature’s ideological course for the past year. But Díaz also wanted to explain to his supporters what “Sumari” consists of, a process of listening to citizens that starts this Friday at 7:30 pm in Madrid’s Matadero. The vice president’s team insists that after this hearing, Diaz will decide whether to run in the next general election.
The Labor leader has always maintained that the “protagonism” in his political project should be “citizens” and not parties, a premise that has caused discomfort mainly in Podemos, the force to the left of the PSOE with greater representation. weight and more territorial implantation. To this end, Podemos, IU, En Comú Podem or Más País will attend this Friday’s event, but their top leaders will not, a decision that different parties explain with different arguments.
Bellara, the representative of the confederal group in Congress and the leader of Podemos, Pablo Echenik, and the minister of equality, Irene Montero, have assured in recent days that they will not go to the first act of “Sumar” because Diaz requested it. . Instead, the IU and More Country team points out that there were various meetings of the Vice President with these parties, and it was at these meetings that the format in which the political formations will be present was decided, but. Not its top leaders, although there will be territorial leaders.
The controversy erupted on Wednesday mainly after Bellara revealed that he was not going to attend the ‘Sumar’ event at Diaz’s request. “We were asked not to go, we are going to respect it, but we will be there, of course we will contribute to the growth and unity of the space,” said the leader of Podemos. TV interview. Echenik spoke in similar terms, although he admitted that he is not going to go “to stand out for the citizens” as the vice president is going to do. “In this case he directly asked us not to go and we confirmed it with him. We have to respect his decisions,” assured Irene Montero, for her part, this Thursday.
On Wednesday, Diaz denied that because his top leaders were not present, he had vetoed the parties supporting him in Summar’s speech. “It is not true that I said that all the parties are not here. I call all their people to be there. I talked about all the parties and they are all involved,” the Vice President said during an institutional visit to Rome.
Podemos leadership sources contacted by this newspaper could not specify who the militants they will send to this Friday’s event will be. They did not name Más País, Compromís and En Comú Podem either. In terms of the federal direction of the IU, they clarified that their speaker, Sira Rego, and the leader of the PCE and Secretary of State for the 2030 Agenda, Enrique Santiago, as well as the Minister of Transparency of Generalitat Valenciana. Be at the event.Rose Perez.
This Friday’s event will feature first-ever talks by Diaz and representatives of various groups and citizens. This will be the start of a six-month trip that will see the Vice President hold open meetings with other representatives of civil society throughout Spain. After the end of the hearing process, at the end of the year, the Minister of Labor will also announce whether he will attend the general elections and under what conditions he intends to come to Moncloa.
This Thursday, Diaz posted a note urging citizens to participate in the first act of “Sumar.” “I want to invite you all. Tomorrow will be a day of joy and celebration. After the act, we can be together. So, if you dare, tomorrow, all together in Matadero at 7:30 pm,” assured Diaz. . The platform also unveiled its website this Thursday www.sumarfuturo.info.
On June 19, the vice-president announced “Sumar” in the pre-election campaign of the Andalusian elections. He also assured there in Andalusia that he was ready to “take a step to win Spain.” However, his team insists that this does not mean that he has already made up his mind to run for the presidency of the government, but simply reflects his “illusion” for the hearing process, which begins on Friday.
In May, the vice-president’s team registered the charter of “Sumar”, formed as an association, which outlines the goals and activities of the platform, which seeks a “new democratic contract” with the citizens and which intends to “think. In common is the project of the country that renews hope” for the Spaniards. His team claims, that “add” is not the final electoral brand, and thus the hypothetical candidacy of Díaz would emerge from the process that is now unfolding and be the result of it.
The document, which appears in the interior, states that the association has to “promote democratic commitment and citizen participation in public life” as well as “encourage and strengthen citizen and civil society participation to improve democracy and human quality.” development”. In addition to “contributing to the development of critical thinking”, Sumari aims to “encourage study, research, reflection and debate on major social, economic and political problems”.
One of the main goals of the association is also “to find connections with social movements, citizens and other subjects of civil society”. Likewise, it seeks to “contribute to the consolidation of networks for the exchange of experience and knowledge in the field of democratic participation.”
Source: El Diario