The agreement in Andalusia paves the way for Yolanda Díaz but reflects the internal difficulties of the confederal space

The agreement between Podemos, IU, Más País, Equo, the Andalusian People's Initiative and the Green Alliance to participate in the coalition for Andalusia The Andalusian elections on June 19 were reached in extremis, around midnight on Friday and, therefore, only a few minutes before the deadline for registering coalitions. During the negotiation, multiple differences were evident between the party led by the Minister of Social Rights, Ione Belarra, and the rest of the confederal space. And it's still unclear the legal mess which caused the signature of Podemos not to appear in the registry due to an error attributed to the fact that the agreement was reached at the last minute, although the Electoral Board rejected the party's allegations. With nuances, all parties highlight, however, as "very positive" that finally six parties that are located to the left of the PSOE concur together to the Andalusians.

The initiative, despite its difficulty, paves the way for the project of the Second Vice President and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, with a view to the formation of a single candidacy for the next general elections with the union of all the parties of that left, opening it even to other more transversal sensitivities. But it has also reflected the difficulties that exist within United We Can among its different members due to the exchange of reproaches that occurred on the same Friday, before closing the agreement, blaming each other for a possible failure of the union, which finally did come out go ahead.

There was a tough fight for the head of the list. Finally, Podemos gave in and accepted the IU candidate, Inma Nieto, after trying to impose hers, Juan Antonio Delgado, until the last moment, despite the fact that IU is the majority force in the space in Andalusia and that Nieto aroused consensus in the rest of the matches. But minutes before signing the pact, Podemos blamed IU for presenting a proposal that, according to the party, underestimated its presence in the coalition, both in the starting positions and in parliamentary bodies, while forcing it to contribute most of financial resources for the campaign. And the formation of the Minister of Consumption, Alberto Garzón, accused that of Ione Belarra of trying to find excuses to make the negotiations fail, considering that Podemos did not really want an agreement in which More Country was included due to the consequences that that alliance could have at the state level, where both parties try to preserve their independence after the schism that the departure of Íñigo Errejón and the founding of their own political party in 2019 led to in Podemos.

The internal quarrels persist, but the entire confederal space now coincides in emphasizing that these problems could finally be overcome for the joint candidacy in Andalusia. Around 11:00 p.m. on Friday, just one hour before the deadline for registering the coalition closed, it was Yolanda Díaz's team that, faced with a possible failure, decided to take the reins of the negotiation. All parties recognize their mediation work between Podemos and IU, through calls made by the vice president herself but also by her chief of staff, Josep Vendrell, which ended with the unblocking of the situation.

Diaz's entourage tries to highlight in a conversation with that the vice president limited herself to mediation, but that she did not demand anything from either party or impose the candidate, Inma Nieto, with whom the also Minister of Labor walked this week holding the arm for the Seville Fair. Díaz's intervention took place, according to his team, when they realized that the coalition could not come out, which in his opinion the Andalusians who politically identify themselves to the left of socialism "do not deserve".

The "main novelty" for the vice president's entourage, and one of the "successes" of the agreement -beyond the quarrels between the parties- is that "for the first time" since the rupture Podemos and Más País will attend elections in a joint list "thanks to the mediation" of Díaz. In recent weeks, the Minister of Labor has been photographed at various events both with Errejón and with the leaders of Más Madrid, Mónica García and Rita Maestre, in a clear attempt to bring positions closer together to attract that party to her future project, to who plans to start the "listening process" this month or next.

What happened in Andalusia, they point out from Yolanda Díaz's team, is an "important first step" for the configuration of her candidacy for the general elections, to get them to present themselves "all together": Podemos, IU and Más País, in addition to the three other forces with less representative weight. But sources from the second vice-presidency point out that, facing the general elections, their aim is to form a "much broader" and "transversal" space in which the parties do not have as much prominence, as has happened in the Andalusian negotiation, but rather everything pivots on "listening" to citizens and different social organizations.

From Podemos they justify the differences evidenced in Andalusia in that "negotiations are always complex". But they assure that both the one who was their candidate, the deputy for Cádiz José Antonio Delgado, and the state leadership of the party that was involved in the negotiation – the role of the Secretary of Organization, Lilith Verstrynge, who took the reins of the dialogue, was relevant. on Friday – they will now be "at full throttle" during the campaign to try to achieve a good result for the left and prevent the current president of the Board, Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla, from repeating in office with the predictable help of Vox.

"From now on, unity" is a message that all the parties are trying to convey, trusting that despite having aired the enormous difficulties of the Andalusian negotiation, from now on the coalition for Andalusia can be strengthened and become alternative with options at least to be decisive for the governability of the community.

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