Izquierda Unida and Podemos have reached an agreement to jointly attend the elections in Castilla y León. For the first time, the two formations have reached an agreement to share a single electoral list in that autonomy. The coalition made up of the two parties will maintain the United Podemos brand, according to sources from the Podemos leadership.
Podemos says that the elections in Castilla y León will be the “first step” of Yolanda Díaz’s broad front
This agreement has been in the making for a long time. In recent weeks, four leaders from each party have gathered at an inter-territorial table, according to sources close to the negotiation, which has been delayed due to issues unrelated to the economic program or the electoral lists.
Finally, the regional directorates of the two formations have agreed that Podemos heads the lists of Valladolid, León, Salamanca, Soria and Zamora, and that Izquierda Unida is in front of the candidacies of Burgos, Ávila, Palencia and Segovia, according to sources close to the negotiation. In the absence of the primaries, Pablo Fernández is emerging as the candidate of the coalition.
That candidacy will be joined by Alianza Verde, the new environmental party led by the deputy of United We Can in Congress, Juancho López Uralde. According to sources from the leadership of Ione Belarra’s party, it will not be the only incorporation, they assure that they will also have representatives of civil society. “Podemos, IU and Alianza Verde have already begun to work on the construction of an open and plural candidacy, which will be considered as a process of listening to civil society and the Castilian-Leonese citizenry,” they indicate.
Given the electoral bump that the two formations staged in 2019, Podemos leaders assume that at least the seat of Valladolid is assured.
In the last autonomous elections, the Belarra party’s candidacy won two representatives. With this result they lost eight seats, in 2015 – the peak of the formation – they obtained ten attorneys. Two years ago, the only Podemos policy that won her seat the first time was Laura Domínguez from Burgos, who has already announced that she will not repeat in February. That of Pablo Fernández, national spokesman for the party and regional coordinator, was achieved by León days after the voting thanks to the vote abroad and the counting of some tables where errors had been observed. At that time the attorney for Podemos recognized that his entry into the Cortes was “good news within the dire results” obtained.
For its part, the United Left was left without representation in the Cortes, despite the fact that it aspired to have its own group and had a solicitor in the autonomous parliament.
In the last regional elections it was impossible to reach an agreement between IU and Podemos, which proposed that the former IU attorney José Sarrión occupy the second position on the Valladolid list, which would be headed by a representative of Podemos. IU rejected that proposal and concurred with Anticapitalistas, the Castilian Land Commune Party and Republican Alternative, under the slogan ‘In March Castilla y León’; while Podemos signed its coalition with Equo. Finally, neither Podemos nor IU obtained a seat in Valladolid. The last seat for Valladolid was taken by the PSOE, by 17,041 votes. If the two formations had allied themselves in Valladolid and the voters had maintained their support, the coalition would have won a seat.
Now, the bet of Podemos and IU is a confluence. The spokeswoman for the federal direction of IU, Sira Rego, highlighted a couple of weeks ago that in Castilla y León its formation is “fully” involved in “the unitary processes of the transforming left of our country.”
From Podemos they placed the electoral call of Castilla y León as “the first step of the broad front” that Yolanda Díaz is leading. Fernández explained at the national training headquarters that they had been working for weeks on a candidacy for unity, where they wanted civil society groups to also join. The autonomic leader of the Belarra party assumes this process as an “exciting project”, which will pave the way for the development of a broad national front.
However, from Díaz’s team – which is not a member of the IU or Podemos – they distance themselves from these claims. The environment of the second vice president has long insisted that her objective is the general elections of 2023 and that the listening process will begin after this holiday period.
“Our presence in the candidacy expresses that Unidos Podemos is already a green space that assumes these struggles in a proprietary way. There is no future for Castilla y León without green policies “, indicate sources from the formation of Uralde, who emphasize that his party” represents the need and urgency that the fight against the ecological crisis be central to the policies of the 21st century. ”