No one in La Moncloa expected PP and Vox to reach an agreement so quickly to govern together, with far-right advisers, in one of Spain’s most important autonomies, the Valencian Community, which will now probably accelerate the other agreements as GOOD. In a few days, with the town halls set up on Saturday, PP and Vox can make pacts to jointly govern much of the Spanish territory and some of its most symbolic squares. The news took the government by surprise, which at that very moment was in full press conference after the Council of Ministers. The spokeswoman, Isabel Rodríguez, informed by journalists, was confident that citizens, especially progressives, would react after these agreements to vote in the elections of July 23 so that this PP-Vox pact would not reach La Moncloa with Santiago Abascal, the leader of this formation, as Vice President. Rodríguez, with extreme caution to avoid reproaches from the Central Electoral Council, was clear about these agreements: “The responsibility that those who make these agreements will have to assume is quite evident. Now the floor is open for Spaniards to speak and decide,” she said.
Shortly before hearing the news, which requires Vox to renounce the fact that its leaders in this community, Carlos Flores, convicted of sexist violence, will not enter the Valencian government but will go number one in the Congress of Deputies in July, Rodríguez had focused on sexist violence. “Agreements are the responsibility of the different parties. But gender-based violence is something very serious that cannot be trivialized, recycled, it cannot be a bargaining chip at all ”, he assured. Subsequently, when it became known that Vox had renounced Flores’ entry into the Valencian government, the Executive insisted that this affair had become a bargaining chip to allow the far right to enter the Executive, which until now it had only occurred in Castile and León.
However, it was very clear that the government had not expected such a rapid turn of events. The PP seems to have decided to get rid of the hot potato deal with Vox as soon as possible instead of lengthening the controversy and allowing him to dominate the campaign for generals. Now the PSOE and Unidas Podemos will try to mobilize the left with the idea that these regional and local agreements are the prelude to a PP-Vox coalition in La Moncloa if there is not a massive progressive vote. It is a strategy that did not work in Madrid or in Andalusia, but the socialists believe that this time it is different and many citizens who did not go to vote on May 28 will now understand that the consequence of that decision is largely PP-Vox governments . from the country.
At the moment the shock It is important because the calculations that were handled in La Moncloa were that Alberto Núñez Feijóo would push the issue to the max so that agreements could also be reached in August, after the general elections. Everything went so fast that in the government they now believe that everything has been agreed between the PP and Vox since the weekend and the reaction on Monday of the PP spokesman, Borja Sémper, saying that Flores’ presence in the government was a red line , was nothing more than the staging of a previous pact between Feijóo and Abascal in which both gave up something: Vox at the head of the list and the popular the entry of the far right into the Executives, with an important distribution of power.
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The coincidence of the announcement of the agreement in the Valencian Community with the meeting with the list leaders of the Congress that the PP organized in the Madrid city of Aranjuez reaffirmed to the PSOE its suspicion that the pacts of the right with the far right are very ripe. “The consistency of the PP is non-existent and the cynicism of the PP is absolutely embarrassing. Today the PP reached a government agreement with Vox, a party that rejects the existence of sexist violence. I would be ashamed to accept a government with a man convicted of sexist violence. I don’t care if that gentleman comes to the Cortes Generales or remains seated in a government seat of the Valencian Community. He is absolutely shameful ”, criticized the spokeswoman of the socialist leadership and Minister of Education, Pilar Alegría, alluding to the decision that Carlos Flores, Vox candidate on 28-M and convicted of sexist violence, will go on the lists in Congress in the elections of 23 -J.
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