MADRID, 13 Jun. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The leadership of the PSOE breathes calm and satisfied this Sunday after the comfortable victory of the mayor of Seville, Juan Espadas, in the party’s primary in Andalusia to choose its next candidate for the Junta, in which it has been imposed with 55% of the votes for the current leader of the Andalusian Socialists, Susana Díaz, who has garnered 38% of the support.
Although from the Federal Executive they have tried to publicly distance themselves from this internal process, so as not to condition it, their commitment to the candidate Espadas was clear, understanding that he is the trigger and the change that, in their opinion, the party needs in Andalusia to return to stand up to the PP in the next regional elections, after Díaz lost the Board in 2018.
In addition, the victory of Espadas represents an important support for the leadership of the President of the Government and leader of the PSOE, Pedro Sánchez, at a time when the partial pardons that he will foreseeably grant to the independentistas condemned by the procés have generated a strong response in the opposition and in the streets, and also unrest in some socialist federations.
Sánchez phoned Espadas this Sunday, shortly after the results were made public, to personally congratulate him on his victory. In addition, he wanted to convey his congratulations also in public, with a message on Twitter in which he stressed that the militants wanted him to be the one to lead “the future of the party in this region.”
Like Sánchez, there have been many PSOE leaders who have wanted to congratulate Espadas on social networks, and celebrate the “new time” that opens with his candidacy for the Junta, by unseating the one who has been the leader of the Socialists Andalusians since 2013, and who unsuccessfully tried to challenge Sánchez for the secretary general of the PSOE in 2017.
“A NEW TIME”
For example, the Secretary of Organization of the PSOE, José Luis Ábalos, has celebrated in a message on Twitter the “resounding support” that the Andalusian militancy has given Espadas, and has assured that “a new stage” is opening in a PSOE ” strong and united to return to govern Andalusia “. “Thanks to Susana Díaz and Luis Ángel Hierro for an exemplary primary process,” he added.
“Congratulations to Juan Espadas and to the membership of the PSOE of Andalusia for their participation in exemplary primaries. A new time opens in which we will work from unity to advance towards a great future for Andalusia,” the first vice president praised. of the Government and Executive Secretary for Equality, Carmen Calvo, from Cordoba.
In turn, the Minister of Finance and Government spokesperson, María Jesús Montero, from Seville, has assured that the PSOE-A, in which she is a member, begins to “work from now on to recover the Government of Andalusia”, with a message in which he has included the campaign slogan of Swords ‘The change to govern’.
For his part, the executive secretary of Electoral Action, Francisco Salazar, from Seville, has assured that “a project loaded with hope is beginning to recover the Junta de Andalucía.” “The socialist militancy is on its feet. Willingness, work and enthusiasm. Let’s go !!!”
The executive secretary of Institutional Relations and Public Administrations, the also Sevillian Alfonso Rodríguez Gómez Celis, has claimed “a time of hope opens for a united PSOE-A for the benefit of the social majorities of Andalusia.” “Thanks to those who have participated with your vote and made the change possible to govern,” he emphasized.
Also privately, sources of the socialist leadership consulted by Europa Press have been satisfied with the results, and have valued that the militancy in Andalusia has voted for the change that will make it possible, in their opinion, to go “for the Junta de Andalucía “.
Since the primaries were called, at the request of Ferraz, different leaders of the federal Executive were convinced that Espadas could even win over Diaz in the first round with more than half of the votes, without the need for this way of going to a second round.
Already in January the Executive of the PSOE began to point the way to Susana Díaz, in a meeting in which, in addition to agreeing to the celebration in autumn of its 40th Federal Congress, they defended their commitment to “reinforce and renew in some cases the autonomic leaderships to make the PSOE competitive in all the territories “.
According to the sources consulted, Susana Díaz was not qualified, in her opinion, to represent a competitive and exciting alternative to recover disgruntled socialist voters in the next autonomous regions, scheduled for the end of 2022, after losing in 2018 the Board that the PSOE he had been ruling for 36 years.