Thursday, July 29

Sánchez dismisses Carmen Calvo and Iván Redondo and appoints Félix Bolaños Minister of the Presidency

Pedro Sánchez dismisses Carmen Calvo as first vice president in the new government remodeling and Félix Bolaños, until now one of the president’s most trusted men in Moncloa, will be the Minister of the Presidency, Relations with the Courts and Democratic Memory, as reported government sources to elDiario.es. The changes do not only affect the ministerial structure. Iván Redondo, the man who whispered in the ear of the president and half a dozen journalists, the “almighty” peon, the advisor who was willing to “jump down a cliff” for Pedro Sánchez leaves the Government.

And not of their own free will. In fact, on Friday night he knew nothing of what the president was up to. Neither of his departure from the Executive. Not in vain, for days from their narrowest circle they had emphatically transmitted that the government crisis that the president was preparing would not be before the fall. Redondo had an appointment in Mérida this Saturday to visit the Roman theater with some friends, which he had to suspend immediately when Sánchez informed him of the changes. With him, the first vice president, Carmen Calvo, her eternal “intimate enemy” in a cabinet in which they clashed from day one over the coordination of the ministries, also leaves the cabinet.

In recent days there had been speculation that the number two of the Government left the Executive, after an alleged loss of confidence of the president due to the negotiation of the Trans Law, which confronted Calvo with the head of Equality, Irene Montero, for months. In the end, Sánchez had to remove her from the negotiation to unblock the text. Since then, every time she was asked about its continuity, she herself said that it was an exclusive competence of the president, that the ministers are “at his disposal” and that what mattered most to her was to get the country out of the pandemic. “The rest is obviously not that important,” he added. From his team, however, they insisted that Sánchez’s complicity and trust in her had not undergone changes, something that other ministers denied, with whom Calvo had also had hard confrontations.

Pedro Sánchez also dispenses with the services of his almighty chief of staff, Iván Redondo, after not a few clashes with the PSOE staff, from where he was accused of interfering in matters that had nothing to do with his governmental competence and trying to take control of a party in which he was not even a member. An expert in political communication, propaganda and intrigue, he was considered the most influential person in La Moncloa. No other chief of staff had before as much power as that accumulated by Redondo, who was an advisor to several leaders of the PP before becoming an advisor to Sánchez.

An expert in exclusively hanging the medals of successes and endorsing failures to others, there was no minister or socialist leader who did not complain about his “maneuvers”, his management of the communication of the Executive and, above all, his obsession for working for himself. So much so that when he attributed the merits of political decisions, it seemed as if Sánchez were at his service, which aroused the permanent complaint of the socialist leadership.

Accustomed to working far from the spotlight, he did not shy away from the virulence of the opposition or shun the attacks and proclaimed his absolute loyalty to Pedro Sánchez to the point of sustaining in Parliament: “An adviser is thrown into a ravine by his president. I shoot for him. I’ll be there with him until the end ”.

Redondo will not be there until the end and, although sources from his environment, maintain that the president offered him a ministerial portfolio to continue being part of the project, he himself declined, after demanding a reorganization of powers with which he did not compromise the President. He was never a man who was downplayed, as evidenced at the beginning of his appearance before the National Security Commission of Congress. “I am aware of the importance of my words and my silences,” he warned.

The president dispenses with what has been his number two since he came to the Government, according to El País, just after the controversy over the trans law in which Calvo lost the battle.

In recent days there had been speculation that the number two of the Government left the Executive, after an alleged loss of confidence of the president due to the negotiation of the Trans Law, which confronted Calvo with the head of Equality, Irene Montero, for months. In the end, Sánchez had to remove her from the negotiation to unblock the text. Since then, every time she was asked about its continuity, she herself said that it was an exclusive competence of the president, that the ministers are “at his disposal” and that what mattered most to her was to get the country out of the pandemic. “The rest is obviously not that important,” he added. From his team, however, they insisted that Sánchez’s complicity and trust in her had not undergone changes, something that other ministers denied, with whom Calvo had also had hard confrontations.



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