Unidos Podemos initiates contacts in Andalusia with Más País | Spain

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The spokesmen for United We Can for Andalusia Toni Valero and Martina Velarde, along with other leaders on December 4 in Córdoba.
The spokesmen for United We Can for Andalusia Toni Valero and Martina Velarde, along with other leaders on December 4 in Córdoba.UNITED WE CAN FOR ANDALUSIA (Europa Press)

United We Can Andalusia has already started contacts with Más País to try to build a “broad front” of the left in the face of the next regional elections, according to sources from the UP leadership in the community.

Faced with a divided scenario, with the party of the anti-capitalist leader Teresa Rodríguez, Adelante Andalucía, on the one hand, the confluence of Íñigo Errejón’s formation with two small autonomous political forces, on the other, and Unidos Podemos as a third option, The party seeks to join forces to prevent the left from losing votes and to face a possible reissue of the government led by the popular Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla.

Without the electoral call still on the table, the conversations, however, are in a first phase, according to the same sources, which add that they also extend to different groups, independent profiles of civil society and other parties. It is not just about preparing a candidacy and some lists, but in some cases the contacts are simply intended to listen to different sectors and establish alliances with them, they point out. The management of Unidos Podemos in Andalusia is also aware that for the agreements to go ahead, the negotiations need discretion.

“It is a question of political responsibility. At a time of fragmentation, it is our obligation to unite and try to have a progressive majority on the ballot ”, says the coordinator of Podemos Andalucía, Martina Velarde.

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Along with Más País, led in the community by Esperanza Gómez, former regional deputy of Adelante Andalucía before the departure of Rodríguez de Podemos, two other formations are included in the candidacy baptized as Andalusians Levantaos, an allusion to a phrase from the community’s anthem which calls on citizens to “change the path of their own destiny.” It is about Andalusia itself and the Andalusian People’s Initiative.

Meanwhile, the union with the anticapitalist leader, who has publicly expressed interest in the project for the next generals of Vice President Yolanda Díaz, seems more complicated. The wounds are still open. After leaving the militancy of the formation, Rodríguez and his associates were expelled from the Adelante group in Parliament in October 2020 and this week politics ruled out participating in a joint list with UP.

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Podemos and Izquierda Unida already expressed on December 4 their intention to form a “broad front.” Both groups, led by spokespersons Toni Valero and Velarde, celebrated the 44th anniversary of the mobilizations that triggered the process that culminated in the Statute of Autonomy in Córdoba, published a manifesto in which they declared their intention to “build a horizon of change ”in a project in which, they affirmed,“ no one is left over ”.

The strategy of “broad candidatures”, in line with Díaz’s speech, was also defended this Saturday by the secretary general of Podemos, Ione Belarra, who in a conference in Malaga on municipal policy advocated to “open” the project with a view to the next elections in 2023 in the city councils as a way of promoting the vice president’s platform and taking it to La Moncloa after the general elections.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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