The formula of government agreed between Pedro Sánchez and Pablo Iglesias is so diffuse that even the secretary of the PSOE Organization became entangled yesterday by explaining what role Podemos will have. "I do not rule out anything," said José Luis Ábalos, asked if the formation of abode will be part of the Council of Ministers. Then, late in the day, the strong man of the PSOE amended his words: "I do not rule out anything because it is a decision that the president has to make."
In the short term there is no concern in the PSOE, but the nerves tighten when they look beyond the investiture session. Sanchez does not have enough support to be elected president with an absolute majority and needs to set up a rosary of minority parties of a nationalist or regionalist nature that allow it and give stability to the legislature. For this reason, Ábalos met yesterday with PNV, Compromís, Navarra Suma, Canary Coalition and PRC in the Lower House. The content of the meetings focused mainly on the search for governability agreements. In the PSOE are aware that one of the challenges before the end of the year will be to move forward the General State Budget 2020. Accounts like that do not help.
Ábalos collided yesterday full against the wall of the Canary Coalition (CC). His spokesperson, Ana Oramas, stressed that he will oppose Sánchez's investiture if they reach any agreement with Iglesias. "We will not support a coalition government with Podemos, nor a programmatic agreement, nor a cooperation government," he said. "Nor will we facilitate the investiture with an abstention." Sources of CC assured that they will not support the investiture if we can get out of the equation. Although Oramas did explain that only in the event that "someone moves or gives way" and there is a "Government in minority" of the PSOE in CC would open to agreements of governance. But not investiture.
The spokesman of Navarra Suma in the Congress, Carlos Garci'a Adanero, expressed that they will be able to count on his abstention if the socialists Maria Chivite and Maite Esporrín resign to preside over the Foral Community and the City council of Pamplona to avoid the influence of EH Bildu. The sensations are still good because, according to Ábalos, the appointment was very "fruitful". For his part, the PNV spokesman, Aitor Esteban, limited himself to explain that he still does not know if they will support Sánchez, but is open to "exploring the possibilities of moving towards an understanding". Much clearer were in Compromís, which subordinated its yes to the Government accepting the conditions referring to the approval of a new model of regional financing, and in PRC, with which the Executive is committed to meet the demands of the region to change of the favorable vote of the deputy in the investiture.
The "no" of Oramas complicates the investiture of Sanchez in first vote, but not in second. With the abstention of Navarra Suma, the PSOE would have 173 "yeses" (yours plus we can, PNV and PRC) against the 172 "noes" of PP, Cs, Vox, ERC, JxC and CC. A sum that will allow the investiture, but that will expire when, after the sentencing of the "procés", the deputies in jail are disqualified and JxC returns to have seven votes. (tagsToTranslate) abalos (t) government (t) cooperation (t) we can