Pedro Sánchez is not leaving. He is staying. And not like Cristina Cifuentes. In your case it is as is. He is still in office. Whether the unusual movement of the last five days weakens or strengthens it remains to be seen. But he remains in the Presidency of the Government, to the surprise of locals and strangers. It is the umpteenth twist in the script of a leader who, for some, has expanded his legend of the Phoenix since this Monday and for others, has already written the epilogue to his final. Slow down, which this story brings in addition to a bizarre CIS by José Félix Tezanos that shoots the PSOE in voting intention, a crusade for democratic regeneration with comprehensive reform of the Judiciary included. It will not be now or immediately because the Minister of Justice, Félix Bolaños, whose objective has always been to pacify Justice, does not want to raise suspicions in the judiciary nor laws with proper names, but he is already working on a Plan B in case the PP does not agree to the agreement for the renewal of the CGPJ.

Let us remember: a parenthesis for reflection, a country in suspense, a government on the wire and a PSOE on the brink of the abyss and frightened by the absence of a roadmap in the face of a hypothetical and hasty replacement… All in five days and after one of the strangest decisions that institutional politics has ever given. All because of a botched complaint? Because of an emotional breakdown? Because of a marital crisis? Namely. The fact is that when pessimism had prevailed in the Government and in Ferraz no one was giving a euro for his continuity, Sánchez once again played Sánchez to announce that he is not resigning and that he will continue, if possible, even more strongly at the head of the Executive. Thus, without further explanation, except that the support received in recent days had encouraged him and pushed him to change his mind.

He announced it in a public appearance of just six minutes. No questions from journalists. And with no intention of submitting to even a vote of confidence – as the hundreds of people had pointed out – petrologists events – nor a detailed action plan with which to face its compromised democratic regeneration. Because all of this – remember that it was the consequence of a personal crisis due to harassment against his family environment – ​​now translates into a determined commitment to put an end to hate speech, hoaxes and lies, in addition to regaining the dignity of politics. What’s more, the decision to stay is not a one-stop shop, but a full stop for a president, who announces that “he will work tirelessly with firmness and serenity for the pending regeneration of our democracy and for the advancement and consolidation of rights and freedoms.”

The objective, his team assures, is to open a public and serene debate so that “Spanish democracy does not become American democracy” and in which society in general and the PP in particular feel concerned.

Was the tension placed on the country necessary?

What are the measures? He said nothing about it, neither in the appearance without questions in the morning nor in the interview at the last minute on TVE, which is surprising after maintaining that his wife and himself “are aware that this smear campaign will not stop” and it is “ serious, but it is not the most relevant thing.” “We can handle it,” he stated when announcing his intention to continue.

If it is not relevant and they can handle it, was the tension to which the country has been subjected necessary? Yes, as a call for collective attention, they say in Moncloa, where they admit that it has not been only the displays of empathy and solidarity that have made them change their minds, but a mixture of this and the awareness of the impact that a resignation would have occurred in the Government and in the PSOE.

Only Montero, Bolaños, Cerdán and López

Sánchez stated in the interview on TVE that he made the decision on Saturday after the federal committee and the demonstrations but did not communicate it to his team until 10 a.m. on Monday in a meeting to which he called them the night before without anticipating anything and in which only María Jesús Montero, Félix Bolaños, Santos Cerdán and his chief of staff, Óscar López, were present. The same ones that he curiously called at dawn on March 29, after the debacle of the 2023 regional elections, to announce that the next day he would dissolve the Cortes and bring forward the general elections. At the conclave he went directly to the point and told them “I’m staying” which those present all received with “signs of relief and joy,” according to the testimony of one of those present.

Then he explained to them his idea of ​​undertaking a counteroffensive for “dignity and common sense” to put a stop to the policy “of the shame that we have been suffering for too long,” as he said in his speech. Because this is not, Sánchez added, about a particular leader, but about “deciding what type of society” we want. Thus the wish of those who from their Sanhedrin monclovita They accepted the parenthesis if it opened a collective reflection on the toxicity in the public sphere and the limits of the partisan fray. A different issue is that the scope of what they propose goes beyond the limits of the La Moncloa complex and is shared beyond a part of the political and sociological left.

The first signs do not indicate a willingness for a collective analysis, but rather that the attacks against Sánchez and his wife will now be even more furious. The pseudo-union Clean Hands is already threatening with new deliveries before the courts of Justice, Vox is trying to appear in the open case against Begoña Gómez while in the PP they do not rule out after all this calling Sánchez and also his wife to the commission created in the Senate as a general cause against the alleged corruption of the entire Government.

Feijóo threatens to take the PP to the streets

If the president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, described the president’s period of reflection as “absolutely disproportionate overacting”, Alberto Núñez Feijóo already spoke of the “epilogue” of a Sánchez “who has made a fool of himself” and who has used Felipe VI “as a supporting actor.” Far from reducing the tension, the opposition leader considers that Sánchez’s speech “is the most dangerous of those he has given because he does not want opposition, nor justice, nor the media” and warns that if he wants to “emulate regimes that “They do not believe in freedom” he will find “the mobilization he was looking for, but not on the terms he expected”

Sánchez is aware, his team assures, that the pressure and harassment on his family environment “will not let up and is determined for what may come in the coming days,” but also to lead the necessary regeneration, “which must be a cause of country.” But in his appearance, Sánchez said nothing about how to respond to this cause or what the measures and actions to be implemented will be. Her coalition partner and second vice president, Yolanda Díaz, warned after listening to her appearance that “the change of course” and “the full stop” to which the president had referred should be filled with “new content, initiative and public policies.” ”. has been able to learn, from government sources, that the first initiative that is already on the table is a comprehensive reform of the organic law of the Judiciary to end the unacceptable blockade of the CGPJ that the PP maintains, in flagrant breach of a mandate of the Constitution, for seven years. It will not be now or in this quarter, but the Minister of Justice is working on that plan B to be implemented if Feijóo’s people persist in the blockade. The measure was not mentioned by Sánchez in the morning appearance and barely merited a couple of loose sentences in the TVE interview. “I believe in the separation of powers and justice. What this kidnapping of the Popular Party does is undermine the credibility of the Judiciary. “If this blockade continues, I will try to seek a solution through Parliament.” “My responsibility as president is to seek a solution with Parliament. Let’s explore those solutions, let’s explore any other,” he said in the interview, without giving any further clues.

Tezanos paves the way

The surprise CIS that Tezanos made public this Monday, which shoots up the PSOE’s voting intention by six points and maintains that it would win the elections with a lead of nine, also explores the path for this reform by asking in the survey the opinion of citizens about the politicization of Justice, the need to implement measures and the harshness of politics. Thus, 52.8% of those surveyed defend that “political life is becoming something very hard and unbearable” compared to 32.5% who maintain that although this statement may be true “in some aspects, in others it is not.” It’s a big deal.” Where there is an overwhelming majority (90%) is in the citizen rejection of the use of lies, insults and personal attacks in the political debate since there are limits that should not be crossed.

The fight against misinformation and the spread of hoaxes is another of the challenges that the Executive has proposed to face in this new stage with legislative initiatives and a “review of the legislation that protects privacy and honor”, as confirmed by socialist sources, who defend the involvement of professional associations in this necessary collective reflection.

Debates aside, the big question that opens up after these five days is whether Sánchez will remain for a decision that this Monday only the socialists understood and justified. The management of the president’s emotional crisis has received criticism from his parliamentary allies, surprised a good part of the European community and short-circuited the Catalan campaign.


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