Sunday, September 19

Lambán stops the possible temptations of the Minister of Education, Pilar Alegría, to fight for the socialist leadership in Aragon

The rumors were uncovered last February when Javier Lambán announced that he suffered from colon cancer. The conjectures increased in intensity after her operation and ran wild the moment the Aragonese Pilar Alegría was singled out as Pedro Sánchez’s favorite when he named her Minister of Education. Driven by a growing rumor, Lambán has not allowed the month of August to end to make clear to the regional committee his intention to once again opt for the leadership of the Aragonese PSOE in the congress that the party will hold on November 6 and 7.

It is an announcement, although expected, it was not without a certain suspense, since it was logically linked to the evolution of the disease he suffers. Lambán is still undergoing chemotherapy treatment, but judging by his statements and the opinions of people around him, he feels strong enough to present his option to the General Secretariat of the Aragonese PSOE. It has been a long-considered decision by Lambán, who has taken advantage of the summer months to speak with numerous militants “and after listening to them and to my conscience, I have come to the conclusion of presenting my candidacy,” he announced in the long-awaited intervention that the committee closed regional meeting on August 27, whose call had raised expectations.

This will be his third term at the head of Aragonese socialism, since everything indicates that Lambán will have Red carpet and the leadership will not be disputed with any other rival. Next Thursday the 9th the deadline for the presentation of candidates ends and it is foreseeable that Lambán’s candidacy will be the only one. “I would not launch into any adventure without knowing that I have the widest possible support,” he said bluntly. All a premonition that in other times it would be daring to carry out and that shows that today the traditional internal disputes in the Aragonese PSOE are a thing of the past, at least in what affects the next regional conclave. In this key of organic distension, it is interpreted that Pilar Alegría is not going to fight for the leadership of the party in Aragon. She herself has discarded it in the latest statements she has made, in which she has made it clear that her place is now the Ministry of Education “24 hours a day, seven days a week.” The sources consulted estimate that the panorama would have been different if finally Lambán had been pushed by his health to leave the leadership of the party. In that case, internal hostilities would have been unleashed between Pilar Alegría and the current Minister of the Presidency and Teruel leader, Mayte Pérez, who rushed to show her support for Lambán just hours after he confirmed his candidacy.

Although there is still about a year left for the regional PSOE to decide which will be its headliner for the regional elections of May 2023, Alegría has taken off that heavy burden by warning that the tradition in the PSOE is that the secretary general is also the candidate for the Presidency of Aragon. The same arguments are used by other socialist sources consulted by Aragón to warn that Lambán will once again be the candidate to face what may be his third term in the Pignatelli chair, with which, if he succeeds, he will equal the record of twelve years of government of the other socialist leader Marcelino Iglesias. In any case, the appointment of Lambán’s candidacy for a third term in the DGA will depend on how the disease evolves. It is not ruled out that Lambán aspires to protect his replacement by occupying the regional secretariat and, therefore, having the party under control, in the event that he is forced to resign for health reasons to lead the socialist candidacy to the DGA.

The foreseeable continuity of Lambán at the head of the Aragonese PSOE calms the socialist waters because it avoids reopening old internal wounds to focus exclusively on his government work leading the quadripartite. In the PSOE a “capital importance” is given to internal stability in the party and also in the Government, although it is not ruled out that tensions may arise with the partners in the Pignatelli as the appointment of the autonomous polls approaches.

Aliaga and Beamonte defoliate the daisy

It will be a hot autumn not only for the PSOE with its congress in early November, but also for the other fundamental part of the quadripartite, the PAR. The Aragonese will hold their regional conclave in October and it is not clear whether their current president, Arturo Aliaga, will run for a new term. The body asks him to stand for reelection, he has said so in several interviews, but his state of health – he suffers from cancer and has been operated on on several occasions – and family pressure may finally force him to throw in the towel and leave the presidency of the PAR in hands of a critical sector led by several historical Aragonese.

Neither the president of the PP Aragón, Luis María Beamonte, has publicly revealed whether he will opt for re-election, which has unleashed all kinds of speculation about his candidacy in the 2023 regional elections. Speculations that would even affect the organic and electoral leadership that may show in the future the current mayor of Zaragoza, Jorge Azcón.

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