The new adventure of the Andalusian left, called Por Andalucía, was unraveled immediately after the start of the legislature. The panorama is as follows: there is an NP government with an absolute majority, a total of 18 parliamentary committees and five MPs from this group with a huge opposition job, who barely congratulate or applaud their speaker, as was seen this Thursday in the parliamentary control session. Their suggestions are not heard in so much noise.
Six formations (United We Can, United Left. More Country, Equo, Green Alliance and Andalusian People Initiative) joined after the exclusion of Podemos for transfugism of those of Teresa Rodríguez (Adelante Andalucía) in the last legislative term. It all started in fits and starts: the six-party coalition could not register as such because Podemos suffered so much to extract more concessions that it arrived late to register, and from then on everything that could go wrong went wrong.
There is a political document signed by Podemos and the IU, with an allocation of positions, money and advisers, which IU coordinator Toni Valero described as “swallowing”. There is another one, this one registered with the Electoral Commission, signed by four (without Podemos or Alianza Verde) with other commitments; and there are thirds, signed up to six, which are a type of marriage contract upon divorce.
The 19 pages of the treaty talk primarily about how to resolve conflicts; what happens if there is an equality of votes on internal matters between the partners; of mediation teams; arbitration panel; of rewards… Example: “Conflicts that arise between two or more coalition organizations will be attempted to be resolved primarily between the parties involved. If a satisfactory solution is not reached, an attempt will be made with the mediation of the other organizations in the coalition. If it continues, the mediation of the mediation team may be resorted to…”.
Distrust runs through the coalition document line by line, as seen in the birth of Por Andalucía. The June 19 election campaign changed the frowns of its leaders into forced hugs, with second vice president Yolanda Diaz as the main figure in three rallies. And after the results of the polls, the grimaces of disgust returned. Not only that: three Podemos MPs (who appeared on the lists as independents), Juan Antonio Delgado, José Manuel Gómez and Alejandra Duran, registered the group’s internal operating regulations themselves; the table representative (Durán) did not inform the others and the spokesperson of the group, Inmaculada Nieto (IU) asked for their withdrawal. Parliament Speaker Jesus Aguirre had to warn them that he would not allow them to take their fights to the governing body of the House. Nieto, as speaker, has the regulation (reformed ad hoc to expel Teresa Rodríguez) in his favor to register the initiatives and using this power and the support of four of the six partners of what they call the coalition, he proposed the exclusion of the Durán Round Table from Esperanza Gómez (Más País ).
In IU and Más País, they attribute all these pulls to “an order from Podemos to torpedo” the Sumar project, which Yolanda Díaz is leading in view of the general elections. Díaz was decisive for Nieto to be the candidate for president of the Junta de Andalucia and for Más País to join the merger.
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With these rickets, it is envisaged that the merger will present candidates in the municipal elections in May 2023. In some municipalities, there is a principle of consent, but from the direction of the UP, the one achieved in the capital of Malaga has already been terminated. Elsewhere, Podemos fighters have defied central shutdown orders. The premises are favorable choices for the IU because it presents applications in 463 of the 785 municipalities of Andalusia. Four years ago, of 64 town halls in this political space, 63 were from IU and 1,055 of 1,170 elected councilors.
No one knows when the coalition will collapse or what the shock wave of this event will be on the national political scene, but for now the maker of the prize hinted at by the capitulation of the Andalusian left’s marriage is yet to be seen.
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