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Sanchez argues that Andalusia is choosing 19-J between “advance or retreat”.

Latest NewsSanchez argues that Andalusia is choosing 19-J between "advance or retreat".

The election campaign in Andalusia on June 19 is probably the most difficult the Andalusian PSOE has ever faced in 40 years of autonomy. All the polls are against them; everyone points to the People’s Party as the favorite; For the first time they will be campaigning from the opposition and without the powerful cover of the Andalusian Junta, and they have only 35 days left to mobilize an organization that shows neither the strength nor the form of yesteryear. At the first meeting between Prime Minister and General Secretary of the PSOE, Pedro Sánchez, in the election campaign, all the messages were directed towards the same goal: to achieve the mobilization of the party. “If we vote, we will win,” called Sanchez and council candidate Juan Espadas. “We play forward or backward,” said Sanchez in Torredelcampo (Jaén).

The devastating fact of the December 2018 elections is very strong in the PSOE, he won them with the worst result in his history, but the amount of rights put him in opposition after nearly 37 years of non-stop council. Some 400,000 socialist voters chose not to vote, 700,000 if we add those who lost to the left-wing coalition formed by the Podemos, Izquierda Unida and minority Andalusian parties. The abstention crushed the socialists, who were only able to see this danger when the polls were already open.

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According to Sánchez, the PSOE intends to convince these abstentions and, above all, the 350,000 new voters by saying that “advance or retreat” in Andalusia is at stake. “It’s not true that it doesn’t matter if PP rules with Vox,” he added. “The enemies of Europe are not in the Kremlin, they are also in Spain. What is a risk for Europe is not a solution for Andalusia,” he assured, referring to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The socialists almost all trust this call for Vox’s hypothetical entry into the Andalusian government in order to bring their old constituents out of their lethargy. “It’s about choice. It is imperative that they do not stay at home and go vote for progress,” Espadas said. And Sanchez added: “Leave Andalusia as it is, in a dead end, doom her to decline, and the only candidate who can avoid this is Juan Espadas.”

The Prime Minister was proud of the measures taken in almost four years in office since the no-confidence vote, especially the latest initiatives such as limiting gas prices, direct assistance for the purchase of fuel. “You have to stand up for healthy policies that put the common interest above turbulence,” Sanchez said of constant friction with his partners in the legislature and government.

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With regard to Andalusia, the PSOE leader emphasized a 33 percent increase in transfers to the community compared to the previous PP government. “Politics are facts,” he assured, recalling that the socialist governments of Andalusia were the first to approve laws that constituted “the conquest of rights.”

The ERE verdict, still awaiting a firm decision from the Supreme Court, knocked out the Andalusian PSOE, which has since taken the upper hand not into the past but into the future. This has been the case in the last two elections, although now the socialists seem to want to turn around.

Espadas, who at his last regional congress did not even mention his predecessors in office (Manuel Chávez and José Antonio Grignan, condemned by the ERE), now intends to “claim the pride of being a socialist, leading Andalusia out of backwardness” and the key role of his party in the Andalusian autonomy process . He also wants to “bring a chest” from the leadership of the government of Pedro Sánchez “for victory in Andalusia”, while the PP and its candidate for re-election Juan Manuel Moreno goes in the opposite direction and does not stop reproaching the Governmental management of the left coalition.

Sanchez avoided personal meetings with the President of the Council. He even admitted that Moreno’s management was neutral: “There may be people who are satisfied with what is. Nothing has been done either very well or very badly.” It wasn’t about Sords, who called the Andalusian president “a fugitive magician, a suavón with nothing to add.” Ángeles Ferris, number one on the PSOE list for Jaén, added: “There are no grays here: either Espadas or the PP-Vox duo rules.”


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