A year and a half. This is the term that Yolanda Díaz has to try to rebuild the space to the left of the PSOE and revive an electorate dejected by the successive electoral bumps and the internal wars in United We Can.
The second vice president of the Government yesterday took the step of finally revealing the where and when of the start of the political plan with which to overcome the purple initials: Madrid, July 8. She will coincide with the Pride party and, from then on, she will tour our country for half a year in what she has called the listening process prior to the composition of her candidacy. Times that have been carefully handled for months by the also Minister of Labor, and that are only focused on the project reaching the general elections at the end of 2023 at the optimum point of maturation.
Thus, and as confirmed from her environment, Yolanda Díaz does not plan to configure her plan for the regional and municipal elections, scheduled for May 28, 2023. United We Can continue to be the one who designs the campaigns for next spring in a moment of special territorial weakness for the purples. Díaz, they say from her team, she “will help as much as she can” during these processes, in a similar way to how she is going to get involved in the Andalusian campaign that is already underway.
A race, that of 19-J, which has allowed Díaz to approach Íñigo Errejón while both remain distant from United We Can. The vice president yesterday considered that there is “nervousness” in the purple ranks, but she called for calm: she will have all the parties. But until before the end of the year, when she finishes her listening tour with civil society, she will not open the melon about the weight that each one will have, which is what worries Podemos today.
Díaz, as this newspaper already advanced on April 21, will then submit his leadership to a “primary” in which the militancy of all the political forces of the platform must support it.
With the calendar revealed this Thursday, Díaz will seek to quickly shelve the results in Andalusia, where the average poll predicts that the coalition led by Inma Nieto will achieve around eight seats that will not be enough to articulate a left-wing alternative to the sum between the Popular Party and Vox.
In these months, Díaz must also promote a dynamic path of dialogue with United We Can. The vice president’s relationship with the space she leads has deteriorated notably and communication at this time, outside institutional channels, is conspicuous by her absence. She has not convened the confederal table -the highest meeting body of Podemos, IU and the commons- for eight months, while the internal quarrels in United We Can only grow. The last one, this Tuesday with the dismissal of her by Irene Montero from her Chief of Staff after the problems derived from the formation of a joint candidacy in Andalusia. In any case, Ione Belarra and Yolanda Díaz will try to convey an image of unity tomorrow, when both share the stage in Córdoba. A day later, the vice president will do the same with Errejón in Malaga. The Errejón-Podemos crossing will be impossible to see in Andalusia.
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