We can want you Irene Montero continue as Minister of Equality in a future coalition government. The general secretary of the purple formation, Ione Belarrahas presented this Saturday the five demands that his political space asks to be met to support a hypothetical investiture of Pedro Sanchez. Belarra has not made clear what will happen if those requests are not finally met. We must not forget that Podemos is part of the Sumar platform and that its five deputies are as essential as the seven of Junts for there to be a progressive executive in La Moncloa.
Podemos wanted to hit the table at the event it organized this Saturday. An event where he has brought together his entire senior staff to try to reaffirm their strength and demonstrate that they are still essential to “continue transforming the country, whatever the cost.” Belarra has made public the five proposals so that Podemos gives its support to Pedro Sánchez, thus distancing itself from Sumar’s unity of action. Although he has used the term “proposal”, it has sounded like a veiled threat. The purple ones have been demanding their independence and freedom of political action for days now.
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“I formally propose it,” said Belarra. “Irene Montero must continue in the Ministry of Equality. Feminism is the most transformative social movement. And to carry out these transformations it takes courage. We want those transformations to be done by Irene. It would be Podemos’s best contribution to the future coalition government,” stated the general secretary. Neither the PSOE nor Sumar are in favor of Moreno repeating himself in a future executive, so we will have to wait and see what steps Podemos takes so that Montero, its main asset, continues to have political weight.
The other four proposals have been programmatic, because as Belarra recalled, Podemos has been “the engine of the best transformations of the coalition government” currently in office. Belarra has criticized her socialist partnerswho have not demonstrated “they have the will and firmness” to comply with what was signed in 2018, when it was launched Mariano Rajoy after the motion of censure. Belarra has assumed the social advances achieved by this government. “The one who has guaranteed stability and the mandate of the people has been Podemos,” Belarra stressed.
The other four proposals have been: “Lower the cost of living”. As? Podemos wants to extend the reduction on public transport and limit the profit margin of food companies. The second is “advance democratic objectives”, repealing the ‘gag law’ and renewing the CGPJ, “hijacked by the PP.” In third place, “deal with the housing emergency”. We can request to freeze all rental contracts during the entire legislature and apply a moratorium on tourist accommodation that is making many neighborhoods “unlivable.” Finally, “decent salaries and pensions”raising, for example, the SMI to 1,500 euros.
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Belarra also warned of the risks posed by the order she launched this Saturday, also assuming the sacrifices they have had to make to continue having political relevance. “We accepted conditions to be in Sumar that were not requested of any other political force,” in relation to the veto that was imposed on Irene Montero so that she was not on the electoral list. “It is possible to build a new progressive and plurinational majority so that we have a coalition government, but there is a high risk that the PSOE will take this term as an extension, who only wants to build a transitional government. “We need a stable and courageous government that responds to the deep crises that exist in our country,” Belarra said in front of a small but packed theater, which was attended by Gabriel Rufian (from ERC) and representatives of EH Bildu.
But although Belarra made the important announcements, the most acclaimed figure was Irene Montero. Very excited, the acting Minister of Equality thanked her team for “loyalty” during the bad times experienced and thanked the militancy for its “commitment” to “a transformation project.” Montero wanted to defend her legacy: “Feminism is the engine of our democracy. Feminism must continue to be the driving force of our Government”. He did not avoid the controversial ‘yes means yes’ law, which has released sexual offenders from prison and reduced their sentences. “The easiest thing would have been to say that the law has a blunder, which the PSOE Ministry of Justice has committed, it would have been easier for us, but we are not like that, we cannot stand in profile when the most reactionary sectors of the State “He wants to put an end to social advances,” she said proudly.
“But the problem is not in the law. There is a debate about consent in the judicial world. There are courts that have not wanted to apply the law correctly,” said Montero, who emphasized that “ Podemos is the guarantee that there will be transformations in the next coalition government. They fear us not for what we have already done, but for what we are capable of doing from now on, because they have not defeated us. You can count on me”, sentence. Notice to sailors.
We can need to resurface, be reborn. Continue having visibility. Therefore, on Friday, Pablo Iglesias, historical leader of Podemos (and for some, unofficial leader of the formation), announced that he will add to his television, ‘Canal Red’, a new media project, a digital newspaper to combat “lies and hoaxes.” The purple ones already had a news website, ‘La Última Hora’ (LUH), which they closed. This new adventure, for which Iglesias is asking for funding, was born at a delicate moment, of progressive escalation of tension between Podemos and the party platform in which he has included himself, Sumar.
We must not ignore that Iglesias’ media speakers have served to charge against Yolanda Diazsince the veto that was imposed on Sumar from Sumar still stings within the purple formation. Irene Montero so that the current acting Minister of Equality was not on the electoral list. The purple ones have also taken advantage of ‘Canal Red’ to also criticize different partners within the coalition, such as Compromís or Más Madrid.