The federal PSOE will advance the primaries to the Junta de Andalucía to June to precipitate the departure of Susana Díaz

The federal PSOE will advance the primaries to elect the candidate for the Junta de Andalucía in the month of June [siete meses antes del congreso regional para elegir al líder del partido] with the aim of precipitating the departure of Susana Díaz and initiating a renewal process. Ferraz sources explain to this newspaper that the Andalusian PSOE has been informed of the decision that the federal leadership will announce this Thursday afternoon, hours after the regional executive meets precisely to address this internal debate.

From the surroundings of Díaz they assure that a “agreed solution” to the open conflict in Andalusia has been negotiated with Ferraz before the multiple critical voices that demand an advance of the primaries to choose the candidate for the next regional elections. Ferraz reportedly communicated his intention to activate the primaries to the Junta this Thursday in mid-June, appealing to the uncertain political board after the Madrid elections, and the possibility that Juanma Moreno Bonilla would advance the Andalusians (something that he has repeatedly denied, even today). The 45,759 socialist militants will be summoned to these primaries, according to the last census of 2017.

Díaz continues without wanting to precipitate this internal process, insists that it makes no sense to “reverse the order” -first the candidate, then the party leader-, but in the last hours he has opened a dialogue with the state leadership to “reach a consensus” on the date and that it appears with a “solution agreed” between the two executives to avoid “further damaging the party.” “Now more than ever we cannot harm the PSOE, we cannot continue killing ourselves in Andalusia,” explain sources from the regional executive. Ferraz has a direct line with the critical current that pushes Díaz to give up his leadership, has unofficially bet on an alternative candidate, the mayor of Seville, Juan Espadas, and is convinced that the Sevillian must step aside so that the PSOE has options to recover the Government in the next Andalusian ones.

The resounding failure of the Madrid women for the socialists – and its impact on the Pedro Sánchez government – has meant “a turning point” for Susana Díaz, who has asked her Organization secretary, Juan Cornejo, to open a dialogue with her counterpart in Ferraz to “close an exit that does not delve further into the wound of the PSOE”. “We cannot continue like this. We must make a decision, whatever it may be, but there cannot be leaders of the federal executive or the Government feeding the renewal discourse or that more voices come out to ask for primaries. They have the powers to advance the calendar, if they are convinced, that they do it “, explain these sources. From the state leadership they clarify that the decision had already been made and that Díaz was informed that at the meeting this Thursday afternoon the process would be activated.

Susana Díaz had called this Thursday morning at the headquarters of the Andalusian PSOE an extraordinary meeting of its executive to discuss a possible advance of the primaries to the Junta de Andalucía, after all the provincial executives have spoken in favor or against to precipitate the election of the candidacy. “Analysis of the political situation. Positioning ahead of the holding of primaries for the candidacy of the Presidency of the Junta de Andalucía ”, reads the only point on the agenda in a meeting that will be blended. The general secretary of the PSOE-A has a comfortable majority among the 49 members of her leadership and, if they are submitted to a vote, the critics who ask for the advance of the primaries would be in a clear minority.

However, the daily count of pronouncements by local groups, mayors, provincial secretaries, former leaders and even critical members of the regional executive asking to open the internal renewal process, not only on leadership, but on the political project and strategy of Opposition to the Andalusian Government of PP and Ciudadanos has been incessant in the last month. Díaz is convinced that Ferraz has encouraged these public positions, which make a dent in her leadership and cause wear and tear in her political work within the party and as president of the socialist parliamentary group. The Sevillian has also spent months touring the towns of Andalusia – more than a hundred in two months – gathering support for the regional congress, which she has already said that she will run for re-election.

In front of him is, still informally, the mayor of Seville, Juan Espadas, chosen by Ferraz to dispute the organic power and the electoral poster to Díaz. Espadas has not formalized his candidacy – he will not do so until they are definitively convened – but he has also begun to meet with critical leaders of the community, traveling to eastern Andalusia that knows him less, and raising his voice in public to open the melon of renewal.

The last primaries in which Susana Díaz participated precisely faced Pedro Sánchez, in 2017, for the general secretary of the PSOE. The Andalusian won in her territory, but the Madrilenian won the country as a whole and in her victory, 31% of the votes she obtained in Andalusia was fundamental. That critical margin with Díaz, at a time when the Sevillian had the entire apparatus and the old guard of the party on her side, may have grown exponentially after the former president of the Junta lost the Government to Moreno Bonilla, critics say. The groups of Jaén, Huelva, Granada and Cádiz have aligned themselves in favor of the renovation, while Seville, Córdoba, Málaga and Almería support the current leadership.

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