The PSOE terminates Susana Díaz but avoids forcing her immediate departure
Juan Espadas and Susana Daz, this Sunday, after learning that the former won the Andalusian primaries.Raul CaroEFE

In the PSOE they consider Susana Daz’s political time ended. The defeat in the Andalusian primaries to be a candidate for the Junta against Juan Espadas “opens a new time” to offer the Andalusians “a winning and exciting project”. The still today leader of the Andalusian PSOE will not stand for reelection in the regional congress at the end of the year, but will remain in office until then. In Ferraz, although they wanted her to leave immediately, they will not force her. That s, they warn that the militants have given Espadas the “legitimate leadership” of the party in Andalusia.

The ‘deferred resignation’ of Daz, who ceased to be regional secretary general at the end of the year, did not leave much room for action for the leadership of the PSOE. The victory of Espadas, Ferraz’s preferred candidate, provokes a kind of bicephaly between the candidate for the Junta and the general secretary, which was not convincing. An immediate resignation of Daz was preferred, even more after the overwhelming defeat. This is not the case and the national leadership prefers not to tighten the rope any more, since an immediate electoral advance is not perceived in Andalusia.

They do not want tensions, but they do warn the Andalusian leader that she must make herself available to Espadas. “After the primaries it has become clear what the voice of the militancy is,” said Jos Luis Balos, Secretary of Organization of the PSOE, after the meeting of the permanent commission of the Executive. “We do not have a problem of internal order that we have to tackle, because the militancy has expressed itself emphatically.”

In Ferraz they breathed a sigh of relief when it was quickly seen that the count offered a clear victory for Espadas. A victory for Daz would have deepened Sánchez’s moment of political weakness, which now, however, comes out strengthened and with free hands to shape the PSOE to suit him. Hence they hope that the forcefulness of the numbers will lead Daz into an orderly transition with Espadas and gradually backing out of it. Espadas wants to change the parliamentary group to modify the opposition strategy and pilot it himself.

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