Friday, June 9

Alberto Garzón calls on Podemos to attend the Sumar act tomorrow

The coordinator of Izquierda Unida, Alberto Garzón, has made an express appeal to Podemos to attend the Sumar event on Sunday led by Vice President Yolanda Díaz to present his candidacy for the Government, although he has specified that if he finally did not attend, it would not be necessary to magnify that decision.

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The leader of the IU, as well as Minister of Consumption, has made these statements before a group of journalists before the meeting this Saturday of the Federal Coordinator of the group, to point out that if Podemos did not finally attend the act of Sunday “nothing will happen” either ” because there would be “time” later to specify “spaces of comfort”.

If that were the case, Garzón specified, the decision should not be “maximized”, because at this time what is needed is “temperance, serenity and prudence”.

In any case, he has assured that “honestly” he does not contemplate “the possibility that Podemos is not in the space that is being built; obviously that option would not be good for the country as a whole.”

“I think,” he said, “that we must work so that Podemos is like the rest of the political forces, comfortably, with its own contributions.”

“We have a brilliant opportunity on the left, with an extraordinary candidate to not only get extraordinary results, but also to repeat the coalition government and stop the rise of the right and the extreme right in this country.”

The political forces that are going to attend Sumar’s act, Garzón guarantees, have not “set any conditions”; It is about creating a meeting space where, as Vice President Yolanda Díaz has said, “nobody is left over”, and everyone is “necessary”.

Primary Election Models

Thus, the minister has asserted that no one questions a primary process and has branded the debate in this regard as “artificial”. “There will be primaries and from there the quotas have to be defined based on the need we have (…). We all have to talk about this, which is why I think the Sumar team is doing very well in talking about multilateralism”, he explained.

Likewise, Garzón has spoken about the visibility that Díaz’s project grants: “Sumar allows us to reach much further, to many more people and in politics it is about obtaining the greatest number of votes possible in order to transform society.”

“We want to transform society, improve the lives of working families and we have to learn from all past experiences and I emphasize it again, since 2016 until now we have lost a lot of social support”, he said.