Although the intention of Pedro Sanchez was not to give entry to any territorial baron to the federal executive of the PSOE who will be elected from the congress held in Valencia this week, the president of Extremadura Guillermo Fernandez Vara and the mayor of Seville Juan Espadas they will have their chair in Ferraz. To comply with this, the socialist leader will not comply with article 557 of the party’s statutes, which prevents the barons from being part of the federal leadership. Although, a posteriori, Sánchez will promote a statutory reform to correct this anomaly.
The incorporation of Espadas as president of the federal policy committee that to date the president of Extremadura directed is understood within the socialist ranks as the will to promote his candidate in Andalusia before the elections that will be held next year. That of Fernández Vara, who before being a sanchista He was staunchly confronted with the now Prime Minister, it is more difficult to understand in Ferraz. Above all because he has been in charge of the government of his region for six years and, consequently, there is no need to promote it. What’s more, some already think that they should start studying their relief.
For the president of Extremadura Sánchez has reserved neither more nor less than the regional policy secretary. It is an area that changes its name, since until now it was called the federal policy area, and which was directed by the Basque Patxi Lopez. This change of name and the delivery of his strategy to Guillermo Fernández Vara also surprises many, since it collides head-on with the proposals that the socialist leader has at the level of internal politics. Especially in relation to Catalonia. The secretary general of the PSOE Extremadura has been, together with Emiliano Garcia Page and Javier Lambán, one of those that has historically charged the most against the independence movement, today essential partners of the coalition. Although in an informative breakfast a few years ago, Vara, said that this was never going to happen.
The internal regulations of the Socialist Party, in its article 557, determines that there is “an affiliate may only have an executive organic position, unless (i) they are inherent or derived from the main position or function or (ii) one of they either form part of the municipal (not big city) or district Executive Commission ”. «In any case and with the only exception indicated in section (ii) immediately above, it will be incompatible to simultaneously be a member of two Executive Commissions of different territorial scope, so that a militant may only be a member of an Executive Commission : municipal of a big city, district, provincial, insular, regional, national or federal ».
Taking into account that the barons are already general secretaries of their territorial federations, the Statutes prevent them from occupying a position like the one Sánchez offers them in Ferraz.