The PP has once again appealed for an understanding with the PSOE as “the best possible solution” to try to tie up support for the investiture of Alberto Núñez Feijóo, despite the fact that the Socialists categorically rule out that pact. The deputy secretary of the PP, Borja Sémper, has addressed this Thursday not only to the “uncomfortable” socialist deputies with the management of Pedro Sánchez and with his decision to ally with the pro-independence parties, but also to the entire PSOE bench. “I know that it is very complicated, but that does not mean that we cannot continue defending it. What we would find edifying (…) is that the two big parties were aware of the extraordinary moment that we are facing, nationally and internationally, and that we went beyond our legitimate partisan interests and agreed on a transformative agenda”, Sémper stated in RNE. The PSOE, however, has already said repeatedly that there is no option for the party to facilitate an investiture for Feijóo; therefore, the PP continues to have only 172 votes (PP, Vox, UPN and CC) for the session of September 26 and 27. And these supports are insufficient for the investiture to prosper.
“You have to be desperate to call for turncoats, so that PSOE deputies break the voting discipline,” María Jesús Montero, acting Minister of Finance and PSOE Deputy General Secretary, criticized shortly after. “The PP has to abandon these behaviors. We saw it during the labor reform, where they rewarded two UPN defectors who did not comply with their party’s guidelines. You cannot practice a policy on that field of play ”, has sentenced the number two of the PSOE in La Hora de la 1 on RTVE.
Montero has stressed that the investiture of the PP leader is doomed to failure compared to the 178 votes in favor that Pedro Sánchez believes he could get for his (for which there is still no date). The PSOE believes that the popular are clinging to a failed investiture so as not to precipitate the immediate fall of Feijóo. Montero has labeled the session of September 26 and 27 as “an excuse” that will allow the PP to “delay that internal crisis that the party will necessarily experience” when the investiture does not prosper. Feijóo has been president of the PP for 16 months, after the stormy succession of Pablo Casado.
Asked if he was concerned about a tamayazo, alluding to the scandal that took place in the Community of Madrid in 2003, when two PSOE deputies prevented the investiture of the socialist Rafael Simancas as regional president, the Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños, stated that Feijóo’s “is still a very strange way of approaching a possible investiture, calling for the betrayal of deputies who have been elected with the vote of socialists precisely to stop the ultra coalition of the PP with Vox in its tracks”. “Simply that we have to hypothesize about the possibility that there could be a betrayal is already something that the PP should look at. It is unacceptable to call the deputies of the PSOE to turncoat because it is a betrayal of the voters and the citizens”, has attacked Bolaños, on an official trip to Paris, where he has attended the tribute of the Spanish republicans of La Nueve who participated in the liberation of the city in World War II. Sergio Gutiérrez, Secretary of Organization of the PSOE of Castilla-La Mancha, has elaborated on this idea in a message on X (formerly Twitter): “What concept of democracy do they have in the PP? The frivolity with which they claim to look for defectors (a form of corruption) is astonishing. And that social judgment seems to naturalize it, too. Feijóo will not be invested due to his alliance with Vox and his radicalism. They have to accept it now.”
Regarding the contortionism that the PP is now doing by granting Junts per Catalunya, Carles Puigdemont’s party, the capacity of interlocutor, Borja Sémper has argued that they have the “institutional responsibility” to speak with the parties that make up the parliamentary arc. He has assumed, however, that it is “materially impossible to reach agreements” with Junts, because its main and almost only objective is to achieve the independence of Catalonia. Asked if he believes that Junts is outside the Constitution, Sémper replied that it is “out of political rationality”. The institutional deputy secretary of the PP, Esteban González Pons, had highlighted the “legality” and “tradition” of Junts the day before, to justify the PP’s decision to include it in Feijóo’s round of contacts.
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