Belarra assures in a letter to the bases that he has signed the unit with Sumar “without agreement” and urges to continue negotiating the inclusion of Irene Montero
Podemos general secretary Ione Belarra sent a letter to those enrolled in the training on Friday evening insisting that they have signed the pact to stand for election with Sumar “no deal” and that they will continue to negotiate with the platform led by the Minister of Labor , Yolanda Díaz, so that Irene Montero will finally be on the coalition lists for the upcoming 23-J general election. Sumar, however, maintains that she will not give in and will not allow the presence of the Minister of Equality on the lists.
In the letter, Belarra insists on denouncing Sumar’s “irrevocable” veto of Irene Montero, which she considers her “main electoral asset”, as a “political and electoral error”. “We have been threatened if we don’t accept these conditions [el veto a Montero]we would be excluded from the electoral coalition,” he says.
Therefore, he says that “the Coordination Council agreed this afternoon [por la del viernes] signing the electoral coalition with Sumar without an agreement, reiterating that the veto against Irene Montero is a mistake and must be lifted, as well as urging Yolanda Díaz’s team to continue negotiations during the next week until the lists are presented. The parties have until June 19 to close the lists.
Sumar’s sources, however, consider the negotiations concluded and do not envisage new talks in view of the minister’s appointment.
Belarra concludes the letter by informing the basis of Podemos’s “firm commitment to unity and to a just electoral pact that respects, above all, the registered men and women, the militants of Podemos, our greatest strength as an organization”.