The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has transferred this morning to the PSOE leadership that “the Government is strong and solid” and has reaffirmed that he will exhaust the legislature and has called on his people to focus on governing the crisis that leaves the war in Ukraine and sell the achievements of the Government. This is what he said at the meeting of the Executive of the party that was held this Monday after the crash in Andalusia, and which has been the longest and most intense in recent times.
The absolute majority of the PP in Andalusia stops Vox and leaves the left knocked out
Sánchez has gathered his people in Ferraz after the PSOE sank this Sunday in one of its historical fiefdoms. The candidacy led by Juan Espadas lost three deputies and 127,182 votes this Sunday. Opposite, the PP of Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla won a comfortable absolute majority after raising more than 830,000 votes.
The leadership meeting at the PSOE headquarters was presented this morning as one of the most complicated. At the entrance, some leaders have recognized that it was necessary to do self-criticism after 19J, after obtaining the worst result in its history in Andalusia. Thus, Alfonso Rodríguez Gómez de Celis has indicated that “you have to do a lot of self-criticism”. Together with him, two other socialists have spoken in the same sense: “Always”, said Patxi López, and “yes, of course”, expressed Llanos Castellanos.
Already inside, Sánchez has insisted on the idea that “the Government is strong and solid”, as detailed later in a press conference by the PSOE spokesman, Felipe Sicilia. “We must clearly demonstrate that the Government is busy with what concerns the public,” said Sicilia, who cited the rise in energy prices and the measures to alleviate it as one of the main concerns of the Executive.
Sicily has denied that the result is “extrapolated to the general elections”: “The PP continues to make believe that there is a change of cycle, but when voters have had to vote in general they have voted for the PSOE.” “There has not been a critical voice, there have been continuous calls that we have to reflect on why we have not managed to mobilize the electorate,” Sicilia acknowledged about the Executive meeting.
The management has assumed that a process of reflection is beginning to analyze the causes of the disaster in Andalusia, but it conspires to deny a change in the cycle of which the experts are beginning to see symptoms. In this sense, Sicilia has recalled that Pablo Casado also predicted the proximity of the departure of Sánchez de Moncloa after the elections in the Community of Madrid and it was his leadership that ended months later. In any case, concern is beginning to spread in the socialist ranks that Sánchez has tried to placate preventively in conversations with the barons and the federations await a revulsive that will allow them to change the course of the polls downward less than a year after municipal and regional.
“Need to explain more”
The first reading since Ferraz focused on attacking Juanma Moreno Bonilla for the date of the elections and was based on disassociating the defeat of Pedro Sánchez by ensuring that the regional governments are consolidated. That message is maintained after a first digestion of the results: “It is disrespectful to make believe that some autonomous serve to settle the actions of a national government.” Sicilia himself has assured that the management of the Executive is the best “guarantee” to reach the voters. And it is that beyond the explanations in a strictly Andalusian key, such as the little time to consecrate himself that Juan Espadas has had, in the PSOE they do assume that the measures are not reaching the citizens and that they should enhance communication. “You have to explain more,” said a prominent leader this Sunday. Sánchez’s intention is for ministers and leaders to spread out across the territories to reinforce the Government’s communication from “closeness”.
Several members of the PSOE had insisted on Monday on the need to reflect on the results. The former president of the Junta de Andalucía, Susana Díaz, has shown this Monday her sadness for the result: “My party hurts a lot and my land hurts a lot”, she has confessed. The president of Asturias, Adrián Barbón, has assessed that “if there is positive news” in the absolute majority of the PP in Andalusia in the elections this Sunday, that is that “Vox comes out very weak.”
For his part, the president of Aragon, Javier Lambán, has asked for a “deep reflection”. “The result has been overwhelming”, Lambán expressed in statements to the press. The president of the Valencian Generalitat, Ximo Puig, has acknowledged that 19J has been a “success” both for Moreno and for the PP as a whole and that “probably, the alternative has not had enough time to present itself to society with the strength necessary”, referring to the socialist candidate Juan Espadas.