Pedro Sánchez turns the page of his previous government. He is grateful for the services rendered, both to the members of the Executive, such as José Luis Ábalos and Carmen Calvo, as well as to his “close collaborators” in reference to his former chief of staff, Iván Redondo, but he considers that it was “that of the health emergency “and that now has to lead a cabinet that faces the economic recovery in the next 30 months. “We needed to recharge our batteries, rejuvenate and regain energy and, therefore, undertake an exciting and complex task that is nothing more and nothing less than recovering our economy,” the president said in an interview with Informativos Telecinco.
The premiere of the Government spokesperson: how not to leave the script with a smile
The socialist leader has not wanted to go into the details of why he has dispensed with those who until now have largely been his hard core and has limited himself to expressing “enormous gratitude” for the work they have performed both in the Government and in the party, in reference to Ábalos, whose departure is the one that has had the most impact in the socialist ranks. “A new stage that requires different teams”, has limited himself to saying Sánchez, for whom in the media there is “a lot of literature” on the reasons for the government crisis that he has framed in “the greatest of naturalness” . “They are not dismissals, they are necessary changes,” he insisted.
He also considers that there is “a lot of literature” about the future of former Vice President Calvo. After various media published that he was offered the presidency of the Council of State, Sánchez has assured that María Teresa Fernández de la Vega “is doing an extraordinary job.” “He has all my confidence,” he added. The secretary general has not said anything specifically about the possibility of Calvo presiding over the PSOE from the 40th Congress. It is an honorary position rather than an executive one. “The former vice president has shown her intention to join the socialist group to work as one more deputy and I greatly appreciate it,” she has settled.
What the president has admitted is that it is up to United We can propose changes in their ministries. Although he has assured that the members of the cabinet “are not ministers of the PSOE or ministers of United We Can” but “members of the Government”, he has admitted that “each organization has autonomy to choose its ministers”, despite the fact that the appointment is a prerogative of the president. Coexistence norms of the coalition establish that “in the event of restructuring (…) the number of managed areas will be maintained (…) and their relative weight in the government as a whole in the terms agreed upon at the beginning of the coalition” . And it adds: “In the event that the restructuring involves a substantial alteration of what was previously agreed, the parties will return to address the essential issues that arise in relation to said restructuring.”
However, Sánchez has avoided commenting on whether he would have dismissed the head of Consumption, Alberto Garzón, after the controversy over the institutional campaign that he promoted in which he recommended the reduction of meat intake, in line with the EU and the report of the 2050 Agenda that the president presented a few weeks ago. Sánchez tried to appease the internal controversy – the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Luis Planas, charged hard against Garzón in the face of the rebellion in the meat sector – with a statement that he himself has acknowledged raised “a dust storm.” “In very personal terms, where they put a steak to the point, that is unbeatable,” he said at a press conference.
“It is clear that Cuba is not a democracy”
Sánchez has qualified his words and stressed that the agri-food sector is one of the most committed to climate change precisely because it “lives off the field.” “A progressive government does not have to scold the citizens,” he said about that campaign and has opted for “introducing healthy habits in young people.”
After that controversy, the president has also intervened in the one that arose after the spokesperson of the United We Can, Aina Vidal, has assured that Cuba “is not a dictatorship” in the face of the repression of the protests that has even led to the arrest of a Spanish journalist . “It is clear that Cuba is not a democracy, it has to be Cuban society that finds that path and the international community that helps find that path,” he pointed out. The president has clarified, however, that that path it will have to be done “without interference.” In any case, it has said that the detention of youtubers and journalists is “inadmissible” and that “reforms” are necessary to advance “rights and freedoms”.