The Second Vice President of the Government and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, has assured this Saturday that she will make a decision on Sumar “soon” and that she will keep her word “when the listening process is over.” Díaz has described her initiative as the “guarantee for the progressive government for the next decade.”
The minister has made these statements during her presence at the Malaga Film Festival. Just a week ago, the former leader of Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, reiterated his request to Díaz to confirm his position in the face of the upcoming elections. The second vice president, however, has once again described her initiative as “a citizen movement, it is not about an electoral project, it is something much deeper.”
Díaz revealed at the end of February that he is holding talks with all political groups, including Unidas Podemos, which he hopes will join a single initiative for the upcoming elections. Despite the fact that these negotiations already address issues such as the selection of candidates through primaries, last weekend Iglesias asked him to build the left-wing candidacy in open and binding primaries, and not in “dispatches.”
Add as “the guarantee of hope”
The minister assures that this decision will still have to wait. Díaz has reiterated this Saturday that “these days, which will undoubtedly be soon” will make a decision regarding Sumar, of which he has stressed that “it is the guarantee of hope in our country, it is the revulsive that this country needs and therefore in Sumar we will all find ourselves making a better country”.
Díaz has indicated that the listening process is in its last phase after going through “practically all of Spain” and has shown herself to be “absolutely hopeful” with the Sumar process, “not only because of the reception that Sumar has and has received in each of the territories of Spain but for the most important thing, which is the project of the country”.
The minister has emphasized that more than a thousand people, who she has described as “the greatest of this country in each and every one of the subjects”, have been working since the summer to raise a country project for the next decade”, an initiative that “a country is going to win”.
The general secretary of the PCE, Enrique Santiago, has also defended this Saturday, during an interview on RNE, that “all the political forces of United We Can know that the difference between strengthening the space around Yolanda Díaz, the Sumar project, and not to do so, is that the left continues to govern in this country ”.
Defense of the coalition government
Díaz has emphasized this Saturday, after several days of internal division by the reform of the ‘only yes is yes’ law, that “the Government of Spain is at the service of the citizenry” and has stressed that from day one this Executive “has been recovering rights for the people of our country and when I say the people of our country I mean the workers and the workers” . The minister has insisted that the Government “does what it has to do, which is to be at the service of the people.”
“Look if we are at the service of the citizenry, today we are announcing new rights for people of culture and yesterday we announced an agreement that has to do with the public pension system,” the minister replied after being asked whether a possible increase of mistrust in the government after this week’s crisis.