Madrid (EFE) to this initiative and the support for it from the right.
During yesterday’s session, Unidas Podemos and PSOE called for “reconsidering” and negotiating until the last moment to be able to join the debate, in which, if there are no changes, the socialists will defend including violence and intimidation as a subtype aggravated within the norm and touch up some penalties, something that for the purple ones means giving up consent in practice.
exchange of messages
The messages between both formations rose in tone this Monday, when the spokesperson for Podemos in the Madrid Assembly, Alejandra Jacinto, made a “last call” to the PSOE to “reconsider” and avoid a “shameful” vote together with the PP and Vox , something that her party would interpret as “a betrayal of feminism.”
The same words have been used by the PSOE spokesperson, Pilar Alegría, who has asked Podemos to “reconsider its position” to vote against, although the party’s Equality Secretary, Andrea Fernández, has downplayed the possibility that the purple opt for no, indicating that “the important thing is that he get ahead and not so much with whom”.
The PSOE can only carry out its proposal with the support of the PP, whose president, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, has assured that it will be “consistent” with “the dignity and equality of women” in the vote “to protect them from the PSOE”.
Vox and Ciudadanos have also left the door open to allow the reform to be taken into consideration. “We are not going to oppose it,” said the deputy spokesperson for Vox in Congress, Inés Cañizares.
I try to agree until the last moment
The government ministers yesterday maintained the hope of reaching an agreement ‘in extremis’ with Unidas Podemos, with whom there is a “constant” dialogue, in the words of the head of Justice, Pilar Llop, who has argued that “we cannot be divided on such important issues.”
“I never give up, an agreement is possible,” said the Second Vice President of the Government and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, while the First Vice President and Minister of Economic Affairs, Nadia Calviño, described the division as “incomprehensible”. in the Executive, because you have to “be united to move forward.”
The Minister for Equality, Irene Montero, has not ruled in the last 24 hours on the existence or not of a negotiation with the PSOE, although sources from the ministry assure EFE that these issues are always settled at the “last minute”.
Llop has avoided assessing what position Montero should adopt if the socialist reform goes ahead and has defended his own responsibility in the preparation of the proposal that is being debated today: “Everyone knows what they have to do, and I believe that I have done what I had to do ”, he has limited himself to saying.
If the purples opt for the rejection of the socialist proposal, the PSOE would not have the support of all the investiture partners either, since some have already advanced their rejection of voting in favor of an initiative that is not agreed upon by both parties of the Government.
This is the case of ERC, whose deputy general secretary and spokesperson, Marta Vilalta, has already warned that if PSOE and Podemos do not agree to the reform of the law of only yes is yes, the Republicans will not vote in favor, since “it will never be a good law if it is agreed with PP and Vox ”.
The coordinator of EH Bildu, Arnaldo Otegui, has also described as a “serious step backwards” that the PSOE push forward with its reform relying on the bloc of the right.
The spokesman for Compromís in Congress, Joan Baldoví, has called on the Government to agree on “a single response” on the direction of the vote to the reform of the norm to avoid dividing the progressive majority of Congress, for which his party will wait ” until the last minute” to decide your vote.
On the contrary, parties like the PNV, PDeCat and the Canary Islands Coalition will foreseeably vote in favor of the reform.