Long night. One of those almost heart attack. One of the script changes as Pedro Sánchez likes to continue expanding his Manual of Resistance. When at the end of Wednesday Junts had already decided not to support Francina Armengol as president of Congress, after a telematic meeting of the hard core of the party with Carles Puigdemont, a couple of calls from Yolanda Díaz to Waterloo and Moncloa and a document sent from Ferraz they changed everything. The PSOE opened for the first time to cross its own red lines with the independence movement. And this made Junts feel that they were winning a first victory that, one way or another, they had to reward. Opening the door to invest Armengol if Sánchez promised in writing to meet her demands. Something like the notary 2.0 of CiU and the PP in 2006.
That is the story of what happened at night. Or rather at dawn. Because the negotiators of the PSOE, of Junts and the star guests -such as Díaz and former president José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero- have moved heaven and earth so that the junteros pass this Thursday from abstention or the null vote to yes. So that the seven men and women of Carles Puigdemont in Madrid go from barring the way for the socialist Francina Armengol at the Congress Table to laying out the red carpet for her to relieve the banned Meritxell Batet. In the wee hours of the morning, the exchange of documents was followed by the most codified applications that exist in the telecommunications market. Because, unlike the majority of citizens, Puigdemont does not use WhatsApp “for security”.
Documents between Moncloa and Waterloo
And what do those documents say? Well, that’s the big unknown. And it is that in this negotiation, as in so many others with the PSOE as interlocutor, there is neither light nor stenographers. And that Pedro Sánchez defended the most absolute transparency for this type of agreement that later had to validate its bases. They will not do it either for the election of the Board, since there is no material time for it. Light and stenographers is what also last night, after having confirmed last week their unconditional support for the socialist candidate to preside over Congress, they asked from ERC. Those of Oriol Junqueras are aware that the secrecy and secrecy with which the PSOE and Junts are negotiating can harm them, above all, who have been betting on rapprochement with Sánchez for four years. Although that has made them regress electorally. With the fear of looking like the useful fools of the PSOE.
With all this, and Junts installed again in doubts about what to do with its seven valuable deputies in the constitutive session of the Cortes scheduled for this Thursday, at eight in the morning the leadership of the junteros will meet again. Telematically. With some in Madrid and others in Barcelona. And the all-powerful Puigdemont, who is not a member of the leadership, supervising the debate from Waterloo. Willing to cut off any discussion at any time. Knowing that, far from the contempt that Sánchez subjected him to when he said that he no longer played any relevant role in separatism, now everything goes through him again. And that his own, like obedient lackeys, let him play that role that he himself renounced when he decided not to continue presiding over Junts.
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