Once Pedro Sánchez has been acclaimed, the PSOE continues the processes of renewal of its territorial leaderships. The regional presidents are being revalidated in the General Secretaries by acclamation, and Concha Andreu joins this club ending the bicephalia in La Rioja. In addition to this new face at the organic level, five federations that are in opposition change their leaders, to which must be added Salvador Illa, who in December will formally relieve Miquel Iceta at the head of the PSC. This is the new map of socialist leadership.
The PSOE modifies its statutes to include six ministers in its Executive.
Guillermo Fernández Vara and María Chivite were re-elected as leaders in Extremadura and Navarra in congresses held last weekend, and Emiliano García-Page in Castilla-La Mancha did the same this Saturday. The other presidents, Ximo Puig (Valencian Community), Javier Lambán (Aragón), Francina Armengol (Balearic Islands), Adrián Barbón (Asturias), and Ángel Víctor Torres (Canary Islands) will be elected in the near future. In the case of La Rioja, the regional president, Concha Andreu, debuts as secretary general. Until now the regional leader was Paco Ocon, whom Andreu expelled from the government a few months ago. After measuring his forces, Ocón resigned to run for revalidation and his next destination will be the Senate, according to sources in the socialist leadership.
In Euskadi, where the PSE governs together with the PNV, Eneko Andueza has taken over the reins of the party after the resignation of Idoia Mendia before her entry into the Basque Executive as vice-president of the Basque Government. Andueza, favorite of the leadership and spokesman in Parliament, has been imposed with 95.3% of the votes in the primaries that have been held this Saturday and which was also attended by the councilor in Basauri Soraya Morla, one of the members of the platforms of support for Sanchez that constituted the socialist bases in the war four years ago.
In the case of Cantabria, where the Socialists are part of the Executive of Miguel Angel Revilla, the vice president, Pablo Zuloaga, will have to face on November 14 to Judith Perez, exportavoz in Santander, after he achieved the avThe threshold has been very low for the last four years and will rise in the future from 2% to 6%. Zuloaga does not convince a part of the party, but no one with weight has taken the step to stand up to him, so in the federation take for granted that he will revalidate his post.
In most of the territories where the PSOE is in opposition there are changes in leadership, except for Castilla y León, where Luis Tudanca will repeat as secretary general.
Changes in opposition leadership
The main battle was in Andalusia, where Ferraz opted to bring forward the primaries to get rid of Susana Diaz as soon as possible. Juan Espadas is already de facto secretary general, at the expense of configuring its direction, and its leadership is not yet consolidated as shown by the fights in the provinces. There, the remnants of susanismo can tip the scales before the bad relationship of sanchismo. Espadas is aware that he will have to sweat it out to take control. The main battles are expected in Cadiz, Seville, Huelva, Malaga and Jaen, reports Dani Cela.
There were also primaries in Madrid, where regional deputy Juan Lobato, Ferraz’s favourite, won with more than 60% of the vote over Fuenlabrada mayor Javier Ayala last week. Lobato takes the reins of the always convulsive PSOE Madrid at a time when it faces its worst crisis after losing the leadership of the left in the May 4 elections that took ahead of Jose Manuel Franco and Angel Gabilondo, who even before the election was out waiting for the agreement with the PP to make him Ombudsman.
The battle in the PSdeG has been dog-faced, where the president of the Provincial Council of A Coruña, Valentín Formoso, took the step to dispute the leadership of Gonzalo Caballero, who tried to bring forward the primaries to reduce the chances of alternative candidacies, but Ferraz short-circuited his attempt. Formoso complied and won this Saturday in the internal elections, so the Galician socialists will now have a new leader.
In the Region of Murcia there will be a new secretary general after the surprising resignation of Diego Conesa just four years after taking office. The primaries will be held on November 20 and will compete the current delegate of the Government, Pepe Velez, who was part of the directorate of the Socialist Party of Murcia.Sánchez until the 40th Congress, and Senator Lourdes Retuerto.
With this change of faces, in addition to that of Ceuta – where the PSOE will be led by Juan Gutiérrez – the socialists put an end to their stage of territorial renewal to start greasing the machinery for the regional and municipal elections of 2023 at a time when the polls are adverse to them but Sánchez is confident that the economic recovery will be in their favour.