Susana Díaz: the newly elected president of Andalucía

Finally, after three months since the last election in March, the Andalusian Parliament has elected a new head of government, who is going to be the same that was before. This time, at least, she was elected. (The last time Susana Díaz obtained the office when his former boss resigned for corruption scandals).
Given the fact that her party, the Socialist PSOE, only won 47 seats (out of 109) in the past elections, and she didn’t obtained the overall majority that she was expecting, Díaz was not able to form a government either, because according to the Andalusian Statute, in order to do that, she had to obtain a majority of positive votes (min. 55). Moreover, the other four parties represented in the Parliament refused initially to give their support (not the right-wing PP, neither the leftist newcomer Podemos, or the centre-right liberal Ciudadanos or even the traditional left IU, her former partner in government). The main point of conflict between them was that she is leading a party that still has (had, and will have) uncountable corruption cases among their members, some of them still members of the Spanish Parliament.

Thus, Susana Díaz started to bargain with them, except for IU, trying to obtain the necessary votes to be elected president. Her key target, however, was Ciudadanos, who despite of that insistence, they didn’t cease to repeat in every occasion, that if she wanted their support, PSOE would have to expel from the party the former two Andalusian presidents who are accused of corruption, and make them resign from the Spanish Parliament so they could be tried as normal citizens instead of enjoying their privileges as MPs.
Susana Díaz refused to do so in every case, trying to deal with Ciudadanos in other issues; but, as expected, Ciudadanos used it as a electoral weapon, and championing themselves the fight against the corruption in the administration, increased their demands to the resignation of any person involved in any corruption case that was or still remains in the Andalusian government.
Nevertheless, finally they voted in favour of giving the presidency to Ms. Díaz yesterday, whose party still refuses to cease or make resign Mr. Chaves or Mr. Griñán. Clearly, in Andalusia it all happened like in Il Gattopardo from Di Lampedusa: “everything needs to change so everything can stay the same“.

Pablo Peñuela

EFAy Vicepresident for Youth