The negotiations between Podemos and Sumar are tense in the last stretch of the mandate to register the coalitions, which will end before midnight on Friday. With less than 50 days to go before the general election on July 23, sources in Ione Belarra’s party accused Compromís, Más Madrid and Catalunya en Comú at the last minute of “vetoing” the party in their territories, which both formations have called Vice President Yolanda Díaz’s team to deny. Valencian coalition leader Joan Baldoví was outspoken. “Never Compromis vetoed anyone,” he told Cadena SER on Tuesday. The former deputy also responded to the accusations that the former leader of Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, made last night on the same broadcaster: “There are three territories where there are three political forces that openly say ‘with Podemos, no’. Madrid, the Valencian Community and Catalonia,” Iglesias stressed.
Sources from the Podemos organization denounce that the Valencian coalition demands that Ione Belarra’s party not have “not even one” deputy in the community, while in Madrid the party led by Mónica García “imposes” that the formation only obtains “a third position position” , without clarifying which position they were referring to. “Nothing is advanced because those vetoes are not lifted,” they insist, endorsing the thesis that Iglesias defended on Monday.
“The answer to why they didn’t come out [a anunciar un acuerdo] Díaz or Belarra is in the territories,” said Iglesias, current director of Canal Red. “Whoever puts a veto on the table doesn’t want an agreement and considers the elections lost,” he said before denouncing that the three formations want to go “alone ” in the elections, i.e. without integrating Podemos cadres into their lists of starting posts. Iglesias also referred to the statements of the Compromís leader hours earlier on RNE, which provoked Baldoví’s reaction, denying the former vice president this early Tuesday morning.
Baldoví was surprised by the level of knowledge of the negotiation of the former vice president of the Government and exercised the right of his training to participate in a negotiation, relying on the results obtained in the last regional elections. “We are negotiating bilaterally with Sumar and I am surprised that Mr. Pablo Iglesias knows the content of the negotiations we are conducting. We have never banned anyone. What we do is propose a series of conditions that are the same with which we negotiated with Podemos in 2015 and 2016,” Baldoví replied. “We need to see what is the reality and the political map that has remained on the Valencian map. [hemos planteado] starting conditions,” he added. “We ask for independence to decide which people go on the lists and we also demand it for the other organizations”, he reiterated before putting on the table the results of the regional and municipal elections of May 28, disastrous for Podemos, which has lost all representation in the Cortes and also stayed outside the city of Valencia.
The leader of the Valencian coalition also asked for “respect” and a “good attitude” to negotiate with discretion. “We resisted and we also have a territorial system, almost 700 councilors (…) From there you can negotiate. With total discretion, which is how you negotiate, without poking your finger in anyone’s eyes. If I want to get along with someone, the first thing I have to do is talk to them with respect and have a good attitude,” he said before pointing out that “someone from Podemos doesn’t help ensure peace of mind during negotiations.” and predicting that , in the case of the Valencian Community, there will be an agreement between Compromis and Sumar.”There could be an agreement in which Podemos is, of course, yes,” he added.
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Iglesias also referred last night to Más Madrid and Catalunya en Comú as two forces that veto the party’s presence in the lists of their territories. Both deny the majority, and in the case of Catalunya en Comú, moreover, the confluence in Comú Podem also includes cadres of the Belarra formation, so they are not electoral competitors. Catalan party officials deny that there is any condition for the presence of Podemos, they ensure that the same pattern as last time is followed in the dialogues and attribute the statements to the “negotiating strategy”. “We may want more,” they conclude.
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