Borrell, Solchaga and Almunia join the Andalusian socialist manifesto in defense of Pedro Sánchez
Historical leaders of Andalusian socialism presented the manifesto in defense of the president of the government and general secretary of the PSOE, Pedro Sánchez. To that text, which has as its subtitle It’s not Sanchez, it’s us And his name is Manifesto of the militant veterans of the PSOE of Andalusia, were joined by the former secretary general, Joaquín Almunia, the current head of foreign policy of the European Commission, Josep Borrell, as well as Carlos Solchaga, José María Maravall, Luis Atienza, Luis Carlos Croissier or Juan Manuel Eguiagaray. All have been former ministers in Felipe González’s governments.
The purpose of this manifesto, the signatories defended, is to counter “the dehumanization, demonization of Pedro Sánchez,” a practice they ensured was also carried out against González. “The goal is not Pedro Sánchez, it is the PSOE, a policy at the service of the vast majority of society,” said Manuel Gracia, former president of the Andalusian parliament, who said that “we ask for the legitimacy deposit of Felipe González, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, and of the one who leads today and we want him to continue to provide his services, Pedro Sánchez”.
When asked about González’s position that he should govern the list with the most votes, as well as Alfonso Guerra’s criticisms of Sánchez, Gracia specified that the statements by the former prime minister are “an article in a magazine” in which he states that “in exceptional situations where there is no other remedy to form an alternative” is left to the most voted list, but González himself acknowledges that “this is not possible. Regarding Guerra’s criticisms, he stated: “We do not stand out nor do we respect each other or stop respecting each other, it’s about expressing what we feel and think, clarifying our position and the rest doesn’t really matter”.