The race for the Andalusian elections has taken another step forward. The president of Ciudadanos, Inés Arrimadas, has left the door open this Saturday to participate in joint lists with the PP in the next autonomous elections of the Junta de Andalucía. “At this point, you have to assess anything to reissue the Government respecting that [PP y Cs] we are two different parties with different electoral programs ”, Arrimadas stated at an informative breakfast organized by Europa Press in Seville, in which he participated together with the Andalusian vice-president, Juan Marín, on the occasion of the third anniversary of the coalition government. The call to the polls will be, according to the president of the Board, Juanma Moreno, in June or October of next year.
The difficult situation that is dragging Ciudadanos throughout the country – with the polls against it and a cascading abandonment of institutional positions that does not stop – revives even more if possible the formula of the joint ballot. A possibility opened by the national leadership in all those territories in which to attend together with the PP means “to unseat nationalist or contrary governments,” according to party sources. But, for the moment, and without firm electoral calls, they still have to analyze the impact of going or not in coalition both in the Junta and in other communities. And in that sense, Arrimadas has spoken this Saturday, underlining that the option of presenting himself hand in hand with the popular ones in Andalusia “is not something that has been nor is on the table”, but that it is not ruled out if that is the The only way to maintain an Executive that this Thursday completed three years of mandate, in front of “the clamp of PSOE and Vox”. “Where things are fair and it is clear that we can win the game with joint lists, it will be studied and considered,” explains a party leader.
Sources in the top leadership warn that the joint candidacy is not something new for the Arrimadas party, since Cs already raised it with the PP in the Catalan elections on February 14. A possibility that those of Pablo Casado rejected. Where this understanding was forged was in Euskadi, with a result of six deputies, after presenting themselves under the brand of PP + Cs. But the Andalusian alliance would represent a giant step considering that it is the first community where the common candidacy could materialize in a clear victory. According to the latest barometer of the Andalusian Studies Center (Centra), published on October 18, Moreno’s PP would obtain 38.3% of the votes and between 47 and 51 seats, while in 2018 it remained at 20, 7% and 26 deputies. Ciudadanos would only reach 8.3% and seven seats, when in the previous ones it got 18.3% and 21 parliamentarians. Therefore, the sum of both parties, in order to renew the coalition government in a second term, would be one deputy with the absolute majority if they are presented separately.
The harmony between Juanma Moreno and Juan Marín, at least in public, became palpable in the last congress of the Andalusian PP, to which the vice president of the Board attended as a guest and where he also shared the front row with Moreno. Another thing is that the popular ones agreed or not to go on a joint list with Cs. And even more taking into account the latest tensions experienced after the leak of the audios of a Marín team meeting just the week before the congress held in Granada. Marín directly accused Fran Hervías, former secretary of Organización de Cs and now advisor to the PP – and the main architect of the march of ten senior leaders of Ciudadanos to the popular ranks – of being behind the publication of the conversation.
In other territories, such as the Valencian Community, positions have already been found little by little between the two formations. Arrimadas traveled precisely to Alicante on November 20 and met with the coordinator of the Valencian PP, Daniel Mazón, who is in favor of a coalition with Cs for future regional elections. After the meeting they held, both leaders showed good understanding, but neither wanted to confirm or rule out a union for this purpose.
The event in Seville was also attended by other senior positions of Citizens in Andalusia, such as the president of the Andalusian Parliament, Marta Bosquet; the parliamentary spokesperson, Teresa Pardo, and the Minister of Education and Sports, Javier Imbroda. The formation has yet to hold primaries to elect the regional leader, who will also be the head of the party’s list. During the informative breakfast, Arrimadas stated that these primaries “will be soon”, even before the end of the year, to which Marín added that he hopes “they will be done as soon as possible.” Sources of the national leadership warn that they cannot opt for one or the other of the possible candidates that appear in these primaries, but the continuous trips of the president to Andalusia – such as this Saturday – and her repeated support for the vice president of the Board praising his work in the coalition government anticipate a veiled preference for Marín.