Secrecy surrounds the first meeting between Juan Espadas and Susana Díaz. They want absolute discretion, without the pressure of the media and they have not even wanted to communicate if it will be this Friday or already Saturday when they will address the transfer of power in the Andalusian PSOE after the primaries last Sunday, which Espadas won with 55% of the votes of the militants compared to 38.7% for Díaz. The candidate for the presidency of the Junta de Andalucía and mayor of Seville wants to act as the maximum leader of the party, without bicephaly. For him the most urgent thing is the change in the parliamentary group that must debut next week.
Espadas goes to the meeting ready to listen to Díaz. He does not know in what state of mind the former president, with whom he has only exchanged WhatsApp messages since Monday, or if it will be she who will notify him of his resignation from the general secretary and the seat in the autonomous Parliament. Díaz, according to close sources, is willing to both resignations, “he will not put up obstacles or impediments”, but he wants “Espadas to ask him” and agree on a dignified exit and an “orderly” transition for his family.
Susana Díaz played it all or nothing on Sunday, after rejecting a consensual exit like the one they offered her to preside over the Senate. They also suggested positions in public companies (hence his phrase that he was offered “the gold and the Moor”) and in state institutions. She said no to everything because for her those promises meant putting her “in a pine coffin,” according to what she told the mayor of Dos Hermanas and president of the federal committee, Francisco Toscano, in December.
After the defeat in the primaries, Díaz has little chance of choosing a destination, although there are two positions in sight: being a permanent advisor to the Granada-based Advisory Council in her capacity as former president of the Board, or a senator for the community. The first position is not remunerated (they charge per diems for attendance and travel), unless an elective councilor is dismissed and he does receive a salary of about 60,000 euros per year, as is the case now of former Andalusian president Rafael Escuredo. Leaders close to Díaz discard that exit, while they describe as “reasonable” the senatorial appointment that she rejected at the time. There is a third way: for Díaz to work for the first time in the private sector.
Espadas goes to the appointment with the idea that Díaz’s departure is “comfortable to leave, but not to stay.” But first he wants to hear it. On the night of the primaries, Díaz said that she made herself available to Espadas, but then she did not see it necessary to resign as general secretary and intended to keep the post until the regional congress at the end of the year. Since that night there have been many voices within the party that have told him that he must leave. Also that of Felipe González, the main organic reference for Díaz: “The party’s leadership from minute one has to be fully available to Espadas. Whatever you say, we will do from tomorrow, well tomorrow is late, starting today, ”said the former president of the Government on Tuesday in Seville.
According to sources around her, she will leave “if Espadas asks her to,” but it is not at all clear that it is the candidate who will take the first step. Her resignation as general secretary will immediately provoke the constitution of a manager, controlled by Espadas, but with the presence of all the critics, who will lead the party until the regional congress. The aforementioned sources indicated that Díaz has decided to leave the seat in Parliament. Both Díaz and deputies who supported her, and those who did not, agree that as a former president, she cannot and should not wander the corridors or occupy a seat in a corner.
What is not yet clear is how or when this potential deal will be staged. There are leaders who believe that the still secretary general should make her resignation public in a steering committee, the highest decision-making body between congresses, and there to receive a farewell that is assumed to be warm. At that meeting, Espadas would make his debut as the de facto leader of the Andalusian PSOE.