The PSOE launched this Saturday the run-up to regional and municipal elections in May 2023 with a law that unites Pedro Sánchez, the president of the government in Zaragoza, with the Socialist Barons, who, according to what they say, are a “strong and united” party. to “come first” with.
As he began his public speech, Sánchez said that the purpose of the meeting of the Federal Policy Council in Zaragoza is to “show the power of forming a party, which comes out in each municipality and each. Regions to win elections and be the leading political force of this country.”
“This is what the social majority of Spain needs”, he added.
Surrounded by all the PSOE’s regional leaders, including nine regional presidents, Sánchez took the opportunity to gain regional muscle against a PP that was doing a similar job in Toledo this Saturday.
On stage, Sánchez sits next to the president of Castilla-La Mancha, Emiliano García-Pez, and the president of Aragon, Javier Lambán, who acted as host and who defined the act as “the starting flag of the race” towards the regional and municipal elections of May 2023. , where they aspire to “reach first”.
In front of an audience of around 900 people, according to the PSOE’s count, Sánchez again lashed out at the PP, saying he was “isolated and portrayed” by refusing to debate the creation of an extraordinary tax. Spain’s banks and electricity companies and later supported similar initiatives promoted by the European Commission.
In addition, he reported that the Council of Ministers will next Tuesday approve an item of 172 million euros for the improvement of primary care, as well as the already announced reduction of VAT on gas from 21 to 5%.
In a regional key, he has thrown a veil over Juan Lobato, the leader of Madrid’s Socialists, whom he has nominated as the future president of Madrid’s community, although he has not yet gone through the primary process. Officially nominated as a candidate.
“We’re going to help you, we need socialism in Madrid too,” Sanchez told him.
The government’s president also defended co-governance, which he defined as “recognition that Spain is plural and diverse,” and emphasized the PSOE’s commitment to decentralizing public institutions.
The meeting of the Federal Political Council worked to lay the foundations for municipal and regional programs based on the ideas discussed at five round tables.
In particular, the president of Navarra, Maria Chivi, presented the conclusions of the forum ‘Protecting the working middle class and companies from energy price increases and shopping baskets’; and Extremaduran, Guillermo Fernández Vara, ‘Advance in Strategic Bet: Energy Sufficiency, Ecological Transition and Digital Transformation’.
Francina Armengol, President of the Balearic Government, gave a description of the panel ‘linked to recovery, transformation and resilience planning’; Juan Lobato, General Secretary PSOE From Madrid, Concha Andreu, President of the Government of La Rioja, from the bloc ‘Youth Agenda: A Country Agenda’ and ‘Rural Agenda: Response to Demographic Challenges’.
They all agreed to focus on young people, aware that the PSOE has less electoral appeal in this segment of the population and in urban areas.
One of the regional leaders commented at the end of the meeting that the PSOE was more “motivated” after its defeat in regional elections last June in Andalusia, where the PP won with an absolute majority.
Among the reasons explaining the good spirits of the Socialists, he pointed to the national debate held in Congress last July and the recent face-to-face meeting in the Senate between Sánchez and PP leader Alberto Núñez Feijo. .
With elections due in May 2023 in all municipalities and all autonomous communities except Andalusia, Castilla y León, the Basque Country, Galicia and Catalonia, the PSOE now faces the preliminary process of electing its list chief.
In most cases, the process begins with the presentation of candidacies on Monday 19 September and Tuesday 20, although in other cases, such as Madrid, regional directorates have requested a two-month delay to the calendar, starting on the 21st and 22nd. of November
The name of the Socialist candidate for the Madrid City Council remains unknown, and although the poet Luis García Montero is heard, the secretary of the organization of the PSOE, Santos Cerdán, described this type of information and dismissed it as “incident”.