Sánchez’s ‘enemies’ are conservatives and liberals
Spain’s acting socialist PM Pedro Sánchez. File photo: EFE/Ballesteros
Madrid (EuroEFE).- Spain’s acting socialist PM Pedro Sánchez has asked all members of the “socialist family” – those affiliated to the socialist PSOE and general party supporters- to unite in a common front and halt the conservative forces ahead of the 10 November general elections.
In a party rally last weekend, Sánchez minimised the risk of division in the leftist camp and said PSOE has only two strong rivals to defeat: the conservatives of Partido Popular (Popular Party, PP) and the centrist-liberals of Ciudadanos (Citizens). An opinion poll released last week projected a PSOE victory with 34.2% of the votes compared to 28.9% in the 28 April elections. That is when socialists came first but did not obtain a sufficient majority to form a government.
Since then, after several attempts, tough negotiations to establish a regular “cooperation” agreement between the PSOE and Podemos (United We Can) to allow a so-called “solo” socialist executive, have failed. Meanwhile, leftist leader Iñigo Errejón, co-founder of Unidas Podemos, decided last week to launch a new party: Más País (More for the Country).
Analysts suggest that Errejon’s new party could have a disastrous effect, as it could deal a severe blow not only to Unidas Podemos but also to the Spanish left as a whole.
On Saturday (28 September), however, Sánchez said that PSOE is the only alternative to combat PP’s “right front”, Ciudadanos, as well as far-right party VOX.