The PSOE begins the race towards the elections marking territorial muscle

The PSOE has started this Saturday the race towards the regional and municipal elections of May 2023 with an act that has brought together in Zaragoza the President of the Government, Pedro Sanchezwith the socialist barons who, as they have said, aspire to “arrive first” with a “strong and united” party.

As soon as he began his public intervention, Sánchez said that the objective of the meeting of the Federal Policy Council in Zaragoza is to show “the strength of a party in form, united, that goes out in each and every one of the municipalities and territories to win the elections and to be the leading political force in this country”. “It is what the social majority of Spain needs,” he added.

Surrounded by all the regional leaders of the PSOE, nine of whom are also regional presidents, Sánchez has taken advantage of the occasion to gain territorial muscle against a PP that this Saturday was holding a similar act in Toledo.

On stage, Sánchez has remained seated next to the president of Castilla-La Mancha, Emiliano García-Page, and the president of Aragón, Javier Lambán, who has acted as host and who has defined the act as the “starting flag of the race election” towards the regional and municipal elections of May 2023, to which they aspire to “arrive the first”.

In front of an audience of around 900 people, according to calculations by the PSOE, Sánchez has again charged against the PP, of which he has said that he has been “isolated and portrayed” by refusing to debate the creation of an extraordinary tax on banks and electricity companies in Spain and later support a similar initiative promoted by the European Commission.

In addition, he has reported that the Council of Ministers will approve next Tuesday an item of 172 million euros to improve Primary Care, as well as the reduction of VAT on gas from 21 to 5% already announced.

In a territorial key, he has thrown a cloak over the leader of the Madrid Socialists, Juan Lobato, whom he has designated as the future president of the Community of Madrid, despite the fact that he has not yet gone through the primary process to be formally designated as a candidate. “We are going to help you, we need socialism in Madrid too,” Sánchez told him.

The President of the Government has also defended co-governance, which he has defined as “the recognition that Spain is plural and diverse”, and has insisted on the PSOE’s commitment to decentralize public institutions.

The meeting of the Federal Political Council has served to lay the foundations for municipal and regional programs based on the ideas debated in five round tables.

Specifically, the president of Navarra, Maria Chivite, presented the conclusions of the forum ‘Protecting the working middle class and companies from the rise in energy prices and the shopping basket’; and the Extremaduran, Guillermo Fernández Vara, those of ‘Advance in strategic bets: energy sufficiency, ecological transition and digital transformation’.

Francina Armengol, president of the Balearic Government, has given an account of the panel ‘Aligned with the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan’; Juan Lobato, secretary general of the Madrid PSOE, from the block on the ‘Youth Agenda: a country agenda’, and Concha Andreu, president of the Government of La Rioja, from the ‘Rural Agenda: response to the demographic challenge’.

All of them have agreed to focus on young people, aware that the PSOE has less electoral appeal among this segment of the population and in urban areas.

One of the territorial leaders commented at the end of the meeting that the PSOE is more “motivated” after the debacle suffered in the regional elections last June in Andalusia, where the PP won by an absolute majority.

Among the reasons to explain the good spirits of the Socialists, he pointed to the state of the nation debate held last July in Congress and the recent face-to-face meeting in the Senate between Sánchez and the leader of the PP, Alberto Núñez Feijóo.

With elections scheduled for May 2023 in all municipalities and in all autonomous communities except Andalusia, Castilla y León, the Basque Country, Galicia and Catalonia, the PSOE now faces the primary process to elect their list heads.

In most cases, this process begins on Monday September 19 and Tuesday 20 with the presentation of candidacies, although in other cases such as that of Madrid, the regional directorates have requested to delay the calendar for two months, starting on the 21st and 22nd. of November.

The name of the socialist candidate for the Madrid City Council remains unknown, and although the poet Luis García Montero, the Secretary of Organization of the PSOE, has come to sound, Santos Cerdanhas emphatically ruled it out this Saturday by qualifying this type of information as “occurrences”.

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