Alberto Núñez Feijóo, leader of the PP, at the Albariño festival. (Elena Fernandez/Europa Press)
This Sunday, in the midst of the battle for the Government of Murcia, Vox has opened the door to support a hypothetical investiture of Alberto Núñez Feijóo without demanding anything in return. The extreme right has issued a statement to officially announce that it is placing its 33 deputies at the disposal of the Popular Party. The pretext is to prevent Pedro Sánchez from being president again with the support of “those who intend to destroy the foundations of the Constitution.” Those of Santiago Abascal agree to give away their votes without entering the Government. With this movement, the PP removes the pressure of negotiating under the shadow of Vox, however, the accounts still do not come out. Apart from UPN, no other party with parliamentary representation has expressed its intention to build up a popular Executive. The situation is a kind of dead end for a Feijóo who now does seem obliged to attend the investiture.
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“The future of Spain cannot be in the hands of its enemies,” reads the press release. The party does not hide its “concern” about the course of the country, so that “it will not be the excuse or the impediment” to delay the presence of the left in Moncloa. Vox’s position clashes squarely with its demands in the communities where it has agreed to government agreements with the PP after the 28M elections. The extreme right was immovable when it came to demanding its share of power in the Executives of Castilla y León, the Valencian Community and Extremadura. A list to which Aragon has also joined this week.
Santiago Abascal during a campaign event in Zaragoza. (Marcos Cebrián / Europa Press)
The last game is played in Murcia. Fernando López Mirás has little more than a month to reach an agreement with the extreme right if he wants to avoid a repetition of the elections. Precisely, the reason for the discord in the region is none other than the distribution of seats in the regional government. Vox claims the vice presidency and two councils, a toll that the popular are not willing to pay. After two months of negotiations, the current blockade situation has its days numbered. September 7 is the deadline to carry out the investiture, otherwise, the Murcians will have a new appointment with the polls in October.
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Vox has ruled out a possible solo government of the Popular Party in the community, just the same day that it announced its intention to allow it in Spain. The leader of the PP, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, has picked up Vox’s gauntlet, describing his new position as “advance in the field of constitutionalism.” However, the extreme right knows that his offer has every chance of falling on deaf ears. The PP could add, at most, 171 votes with the yes of Vox, UPN and the Canary Islands Coalition, although the latter group has not yet finished clarifying its position. In any case, the popular ones continue to need the approval of the PNV, despite the fact that the Basques have rejected any negotiation.
Santiago Abascal’s party is playing with the possibility of supporting an investiture that, except for last-minute surprises, is doomed to failure. Vox agrees to support it without asking for ministries in return, although in other territories the extreme right has not stopped until it has put its programmatic demands on paper and obtained several chairs. A change in strategy that, for many, only has one reading: Vox wants to show itself as a party committed to the governability of the country to seduce its potential electorate in the face of a possible electoral repetition.
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