Spain: Pedro Sánchez faces Vox censure motion, but it is the PP that is in a dilemma

This Thursday a vote of censure by Vox is voted on to the Spanish coalition government between PSOE and Pode, but it is the PP that plays its future there in the legislature.

Pedro Sanchéz, leader of the PSOE and Prime Minister of Spain

The Spanish far-right party, Vox, has advanced a motion of censure to the coalition government of PSOE and Pode led by Pedro Sánchez - which does not seem to be taking his sleep away, since it cannot be done. majority - but it is the People's Party that is faced with a dilemma: support the motion (even if through abstention) and lose political relevance, or vote against and permanently move away from extremists.

According to the Spanish newspapers, Vox has been doing a genuine reason in the support base of the PP, led by Pablo Casado - in a context in which the Citizens party lost a substantial part of its relevance, as was clear in previous elections - which makes it the extremely delicate decision in political terms.

Casado has been asking for opinion from new and old party leaders and maintains the taboo in the face of the vote he will adopt next Thursday. Apparently, and given different responses, it still does not have a definite meaning.

Analysts speculate about what could happen. To vote in favor of the motion would be to hand Vox the leadership of the opposition to the leftist government. Abstention would have little more or less the same possible reading and only the 'no' to the motion would allow to show that, in fact, the PP does not want to have anything to do with the extremists. The problem is that the separation between the two parties may further promote the base of popular support towards the Vox.

The dilemma about what to vote sums up the 27 months of Married at the helm of the PP: recovering voters who lost on the right or protecting the center. The party has ruled out the vote in favor, but is divided between the other two options. Everyone agrees, however, that the rest of the legislature will depend on that choice.

The final decision depends on the popular leader and the internal debate is so intense that party sources do not rule out that any deputy breaks the voting discipline. Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo, a spokeswoman in Congress who was dismissed last August for being a "spokeswoman for herself", in the words of the board, has already said that she "only" sees abstention as "reasonable". José María Aznar believes "without a doubt", that "we should vote no".

Since becoming president of the PP, Casado has maintained a relationship of ups and downs with Vox, with more episodes of complicity than of disagreement. And Pedro Sánchez has fought with this political fact in an effective and even sometimes 'malicious' way towards Casado.

Anyway, and according to the Spanish press, there is unanimity in the PP that Casado reacted very well when Abascal, leader of the Vox, announced the motion last July. The matter was resolved with a tweet from the party's general secretary, Teodoro García Egea: "Don't count on us for fun maneuvers that reinforce the PSOE". But as the voting date approaches, everything seems to be getting more difficult for the PP.

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