The Andalusian left, the one to the left of the PSOE, is looking for its space. This word, space, has 14 meanings in the dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE), but in the mouths of the leaders of political groups it is used as a euphemism for not calling parties, parties, and coalitions, coalitions. They all want to “expand the space”, “overcome the party identity space”, “consolidate the space”. With an undated but upcoming regional elections, a dozen leftist formations try again what they already executed and failed in 2018, create an electoral alliance to regroup the vote of the left and prevent fragmentation from consolidating Juan Manuel’s PP Dark.
This process is being rehearsed without any news in Andalusia of the political project that the Second Vice President and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, who has barely held institutional events in this community. Sources close to Díaz admit that there are no conversations with the Andalusian organizations and assures that this decision must start from Andalusia, informs Paula Chouza. This movement has no definite contours, no name, nor is it mature. Their growth times are longer, but the Andalusian elections are the first of a new electoral cycle and the parties in the running need less is incorporeality.
They can’t wait for something to come together that Diaz promises “will be wonderful.” Above all, because in Andalusia they already tried to build a political alternative to rescue the disenchanted for the December 2018 elections under the brand of Adelante Andalucía. Podemos, Izquierda Unida, Primavera Andaluza and Izquierda Andalucista joined forces and together obtained 300,000 fewer votes than those obtained by Podemos and IU separately in 2015. Along the way, More Country fell apart. The invention imploded in the middle of the legislature with the expulsion of Teresa Rodríguez, leader of Adelante Andalucía, and 10 other members of the parliamentary group.
At the moment, the left to the left of the PSOE is divided into three coalitions: United We Can for Andalusia, Adelante Andalucía by Teresa Rodríguez and a third group in which is Más País, Andalucía por Sí and Iniciativa del Pueblo Andaluz. None of the three has an elected candidate to the Board and all are willing to sit down and speak to “expand the space.” In Unidos Podemos, in line with Yolanda Díaz’s project, they are working to attract themselves to Más País Andalucía led by Esperanza Gómez, although she announces for December 2 a new electoral mark agreed with two Andalusian formations. “Yolanda Díaz’s project will not have much impact on Andalusian women, although it would have been good if she had come here with the unemployment situation that exists,” says Gómez. “We do not close ourselves off talking to anyone,” he adds.
Toni Valero, regional coordinator of IU, assures that his group works in coordination with Madrid, but that the Andalusian calendar is tightening and Díaz’s platform “is not yet mature.” He hopes to present on December 4 an expanded project of United We Can, an electoral brand that they will use for the first time in the next regional elections, the third of IU in three elections. In this group candidate for the Board there are no and, surprisingly, no elbows to appear in the main poster, but there is no agreement yet with Podemos. The balls with the names of Valero and the parliamentary spokesperson, Inma Nieto, are in the cup.
The agreement with those of Teresa Rodríguez seems impossible right now. The wounds from the internal battles are very fresh. The Cadiz leader assures: “Despite all the tasks we have done, we share a program and a space. It would be desirable to be able to sit down and talk, if only to sign a non-aggression pact. ” The left, including the PSOE, lost 700,000 votes in the 2018 regional elections. That failure to appear allowed the right to add more for the first time in 37 years. The latest survey by the Andalusian Studies Center draws a similar picture, but with a PP and Vox on the rise. The reunited rights touch 60% of support.