Resistance, but do not rearm. United We Can has managed to endure its institutional representation in the Cortes of Castilla y León in the elections this Sunday, but its results have worsened compared to 2019 and it has fallen far short of fulfilling its objective of reversing the downward trend that the political space has been suffering for a few years.
When Ione Belarra was elected as secretary general of Podemos, she set herself a clear objective: to carry out a rearmament of the party in the territories and reach the 2023 electoral cycle with a strong organization, an organization that should serve as a structure for the project she wants promote the second vice president of the Government, Yolanda Díaz.
Belarra, the secretary for the organization of training, Lilith Verstryngeand the general secretary of the PCE, Henry Santiagohave focused in recent months on trying to strengthen United We Can in communities and municipalities, a rearmament whose road map had one of its most important stops in Castilla y León.
However, the early elections put an end to all the planned deadlines and the United We Can plan went from long-term work to the frenetic pace of the electoral campaigns (there was not even a confluence between Podemos and IU in this territoryand both formations joined Alianza Verde a few weeks after the campaign began to have a single candidacy to the left of the PSOE).
The result, they admit from the purple formation, is not good. Between Podemos and United Left More than 39,000 votes have been left with respect to the 2019 elections (Unidas Podemos has achieved around 61,000 votes; in 2019 only Podemos obtained more than 68,000, and Izquierda Unida more than 31,500).
The trend of UP in this community, therefore, continues downward., and the new leaders (Yolanda Díaz and Ione Belarra) have not been able to reverse it by themselves, for the time being. For the purple formation, “the PP called for tailor-made elections and celebrates a result that makes the extreme right the key to its government.”
A “deep reflection”
Although the electoral law nor has it accompanied United We Can in Castilla y León (they have positioned themselves as the fourth formation in number of votes, but the sixth in number of seats), in the political space they give importance to the fact that they have not been excluded from the Castilian Cortes and Leonese, a scenario that would put them in a very difficult position in the territory and also throughout the State.
The head of the list and general secretary of Podemos in Castilla y León, Paul Fernandezanticipated the same election night that one of his priority objectives after the elections are over will be to “continue expanding and widening the space with new alliances” in the face of next year’s municipal elections.
He also advanced that United We Can and the PSOE had to do a “deep reflection” after their poor results and after governance was left in the hands of a more than likely PP executive with the extreme right of Vox in the community.
For now, the first test of territorial rearmament has been far from successful, although the early call completely changed the board and barely gave the confederal space time to adapt to the new deadlines imposed by the polls. It will be necessary to see if in future stops (still to be confirmed, such as Andalusia) the new leaderships of United We Can and the Yolanda Díaz effect manage to reverse their negative trend.