Pedro Sanchez today faces one of the most complex socialist conclaves in recent times. All the criticisms, reproaches and doubts generated by the PSOE’s approach to the independence movement and the demand for an amnesty to give it its support in an investiture converge this Saturday in Ferraz, where the President of the Government meets the Federal Committee of his party to approve the government agreement reached with Sumar in recent days and a hypothetical pact with Junts, ERC and EH Bildu to obtain the green light from Congress and thus revalidate a new mandate in La Moncloa.
Although the party’s bases will not be able to vote on the amnesty, they will be able to express their position on the matter before, during and after the meeting, as critical voices within the socialist ranks have been pointing out and denouncing for some time. The current furthest from the roadmap proposed by Sánchez will be represented in today’s Federal Committee by the president of Castilla-La Mancha, Emiliano García-Page. He will show his doubts about the amnesty demanded by secessionism, in line with what has been defended in recent weeks by both him and other historical socialists who reproach the drift that it would mean for both Spain and the PSOE to give in to the pretensions of the independence movement.
Yesterday, Page confirmed that today he will disagree with the approach of the socialist apparatus and accused the independence movement of wanting to “forgive itself and, on top of that, have the country recognize that things were done wrong.” Another of the main voices against the current PSOE amnesty, the former president of Aragón Javier Lambánwill not attend this Saturday’s meeting in Ferraz because he is still on medical leave.
The storm comes from afar, but the internal debate in the party gained relevance when on September 14 the leadership announced the expulsion of the historic leader Nicolas Redondo for his “repeated contempt” for the acronym, in relation to his criticism of Sánchez’s plans. «The amnesty of ’77 was a founding act of democracy. A national hug. This is the complete opposite,” were the statements, expressed in an interview with EL MUNDO, by Nicolás Redondo that unleashed the organic crisis.
After him came more weighty voices. The turning point came a week later, when Felipe Gonzalez y Alfonso Guerra They staged their reconciliation three decades later and called on the PSOE to rebel against the amnesty approach as this was “the condemnation of democracy.” Without any representative of Ferraz, that reunion staged the break between the current PSOE and the classic one and the union of a current that cries out against concessions to the independence movement. “Not everything is valid to govern,” the former president of the Government warned precisely yesterday in the direction of Sánchez.