Yolanda Díaz avoids clash with PSOE and now refuses to challenge judicial reform agreed with PP

Yolanda Díaz avoids clash with PSOE and now refuses to challenge judicial reform agreed with PP
Yolanda Díaz avoids clash with PSOE and now refuses to challenge judicial reform agreed with PP

Yolanda Diaz He avoids hand-to-hand combat with the majority partner in the Government and is now avoiding confrontation over the judicial reform agreed between the PP and PSOE to renew the CGPJ. The Sumar coalition has given up challenging the text The amendments were agreed between the two major parties and were limited to presenting six technical amendments. The corrections are a far cry from the discontent expressed in recent days by the left-wing coalition, which denounced that the socialists had acted behind their backs with a reform that is armoredwith the Popular Party and the Socialists committing not to present or support third-party amendments.

Sumar’s reaction to the comprehensive agreement to renew the judicial body had two phases. Although the coalition was not aware of the development of the conversations during the previous days, as soon as the agreement on the members of the CGPJ was announced, it became the only party to celebrate it and boasted about having two like-minded members in the body, Carlos Hugo Preciado e Ines Herrerosas reported by this media.

Sumar’s Justice spokesperson and IU deputy, Enrique Santiagodefended that it was “a victory for democracy” and claimed his role in the agreement through the Minister of the Presidency Felix Bolanoswho “negotiated on behalf of the Government.” Sumar was completely secretive about these negotiations, so much so that Santiago took up this matter hand in hand with Yolanda Díaz, and both have led the strategy around this matter, both in the negotiation and in the debate on the amendments.

Discomfort in Sumar

But the tone changed noticeably days after the initial celebration, when Sumar showed discontent with the legal text agreed and protected between PSOE and PP to reform the Organic Law of the Judiciary. “It is not the way for the relationship with us. Adding is not good at closed texts and the PSOE has to understand this despite the many agreements it signs with the PP,” warned the parliamentary spokesman, Iñigo Errejon.

A malaise that persists to this day and that the left-wing coalition will materialize in an abstention to this reform. Although in the party of Yolanda Diaz were in favour of voting in favour, other sectors were tougher on the PSOE They pressed to mark more distances with their government partner, from whom they will again separate the vote in the vote this Thursday in Congress, as they already did with the law against pimping and threatened with the land law.

This Tuesday, the parliamentary spokesperson for the Commons and deputy of Sumar, Aina Vidalagain expressed his rejection of the reform, criticizing that “limiting parliamentary debate to two parties “It is not good practice.” “The agreement between the PP and PSOE does not respond to the current Government, neither to our country nor to the plurinational majority that supports the Government,” insisted the leader in a press conference, who pointed out that they would present amendments expressing this discontent.

The amendments

But the truth is that the criticism expressed publicly did not translate into a political position in Congress through amendments, which could have served to mark distance from the socialists. At first, the group considered the possibility of presenting as an amendment its proposal for reform to reduce the majorities of the CGPJ. An initiative that Enrique Santiago had been working on for months and exchanging proposals with the socialist wing, through Rafael Simancas, Secretary of State for Relations with the Courts, dependent on Bolaños’ ministry.

Instead of Sumar, it was Podemos who presented an amendment in this sense, marking its own profile against the socialists and managing to capitalize on the role of opposition from the left the PSOE, in the face of the difficult balance of Díaz’s coalition, which remains its minority partner in the Government.

The amendments that Sumar presented at the end [consultar aquí] did not correspond at all with the discomfort expressed or with a political position of their own, and were limited to issues merely technicalas admitted by the parliamentary group. In total, the coalition presented six amendments with corrections of numerical errors or nuances of some sections of the text agreed between PSOE and PP.

The only amendment with some political charge introduced a nuance in the section where the election of “an alternate” for each member of the CGPJ is created. By changing a single word, Sumar proposes that each vowel has “are alternate”so that each of the substitutes is linked to a holder of the same political affiliation and thus be able to maintain the logic of blocks or, according to the text presented by Sumar, “so that the relationship of forces and sensitivities of the Plenary of the CGPJ negotiated and predetermined by Congress cannot be seen to be crooked or inadvertently altered.”

The causes

The paucity of proposals – six amendments were tabled – was partly due to a technical and organizational problemThe initiatives were registered in Congress at 1:37 p.m., 23 minutes before the deadline expired of amendments. The Sumar plurinational group had understood – wrongly – that they could be submitted until Friday, and some pointed out that they had been informed of this by a lawyer from the Chamber. A little more than an hour before the deadline expired, the texts of the amendments were not finalized, and the word “draft” continued to appear in their register.

There are those in the Sumar parliamentary group who point out that the lack of political profile of the amendments also responds to the influence by Yolanda Díaz, president of the group, who has always shown in favor of avoiding the clash with Pedro Sánchezin positions that at different times during the legislature have generated some debate between the different parties in the coalition.

Buried ultimatum

The vice president’s attempt to avoid confrontation with the socialists has also been seen this last week in the negotiation of the Ministry of Labor to reduce the working day. A few days ago, the vice president gave an ultimatum to the businessmen to sit at the negotiating table, warning that there would be an agreement even without them, but now she has radically changed her speech after the correction she received from the Ministry of Economy of Carlos Bodywhich advocated taking into account the peculiarities of companies that had “less flexibility” when it came to reducing working hours.

After this, Yolanda Díaz has again defended her will to reach an agreement with the employers as well. A new position that aims to revive the negotiations of the labor reform, where the Ministry of Labor also achieved the signature of the CEOEin the most relevant milestone that the vice president has led since her arrival at the Council of Ministers in 2019. And a trump card with which Díaz also seeks to return rehabilitate that profile of agreements which was forged two and a half years ago, when the labor reform was approved, and which has suffered a strong deterioration in recent months, following internal disputes with the Sumar parties.

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