Sira Rego broadcasts her candidacy to succeed Alberto Garzón as head of Izquierda Unida | Spain | EUROtoday

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The Minister of Youth and Children, Sira Rego, during an event last December in Madrid.
The Minister of Youth and Children, Sira Rego, throughout an occasion final December in Madrid.A. Pérez Meca / Europa Press (Europa Press)

The Minister of Youth and Children, Sira Rego, introduced early this Wednesday her intention to run as federal coordinator of Izquierda Unida, a place through which she would succeed Alberto Garzón. Through a video revealed on social networks, the chief, quantity two within the Executive led by the previous Minister of Consumption, requires constructing a “brave and combative” political pressure that she defines as “the left that was, is and will be.” assuming the title of the political doc that the present management has introduced to the XIII Federal Assembly of the formation, which is held on May 18 and 19. From that assembly, each IU's strategic line and the crew in control of main the social gathering for the subsequent 4 years can be permitted. Rego could be the primary girl to carry the place.

The presentation, in the course of the primaries to elect the social gathering's candidate for the European elections and with out prior inner settlement, has prompted discomfort within the management of the PCE, built-in into the earlier Executive and with whom the minister's crew had been negotiating since finish of final yr. “Out of respect for your decision, I regret the renunciation of the agreement to have the best, most representative and most cohesive leadership to lead Izquierda Unida. For many months we have been working to achieve maximum unity around politics. And in primaries,” warned Amanda Meyer, IU co-spokesperson. Her message on her networks reveals the difficulties now, after the announcement, to achieve an settlement with out which there may very well be multiple record for the Assembly. The deadline for any activist to current a candidacy – it’s crucial to acquire the endorsement of two% of the census – ends on April 29.

So far, nothing has emerged about the remainder of the members who will accompany Rego on the poll and though their line is steady with that of Garzón, totally different sources affirm that the crew just isn’t closed. According to them, the PCE needed to acquire an settlement on this regard earlier than giving the ultimate sure to Rego as coordinator. “We have time to agree on absolutely everything. We are going to debate, to reach a consensus, to talk about politics. We have a magnificent document and there is plenty of time to have a unitary process that represents all of us. That, of course, is my vocation,” the candidate responded within the halls of Congress.

Among the voices which have been positioned all through the morning, that of the individual in control of the coaching program, Carlos Sánchez Mato, additionally stands out, calling for consensus. “The best thing for the working class and for our organization will be for a great agreement to be articulated that includes the diversity of Izquierda Unida. As a humble militant I expect cooperation between different sensitivities and not competition. We need you all,” the message reads.

In a video recorded on the street, with a number of components that allude to the feminist wrestle and the battle in Gaza, the minister warns that we’re coming into one of many “darkest episodes since the Second World War.” “It doesn't matter whether we look at our neighborhoods, at the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea or at Gaza. And bankers, gentlemen, and racists who fan the fire of fear for their own benefit are not going to rescue us from this darkness,” she provides. Faced with this context, Rego presents a candidacy, as she states, with the goal of betting “on [tender] bridges instead of walls” and “debate to break the siege of tension.” The head of Youth and Children advocates persevering with to “build and strengthen” a company “that draws on the red thread, but does not close itself in on itself,” “that knows how to be permeable to the gaze of the new fighters,” that may be “ reference in the institutions to continue advancing rights”, but that “never locks itself in palaces” and is aware that “its sap emanates from the streets, from the squares, from the territories and from taking care of what is nearby.” In the general elections of last June 23, Izquierda Unida won five of the 31 deputies of Sumar and currently occupies one of the five ministries assigned to the minority partner of the coalition.

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Sira Rego (Valencia, 50 years old) already assumed the institutional leadership of IU last November when the new Executive was formed. A few days later, Garzón took a definitive step aside by leaving the federal coordination of training after more than seven years in the position.

The minister was, from 2019 and until her appointment to the Government, a MEP for Unidas Podemos and a federal spokesperson for Izquierda Unida. She had previously developed her political career in municipalism as a councilor in the Rivas City Council, a traditional bastion of the party. She was deputy mayor and head of Housing, Environmental Sustainability, parks and gardens; Urban mobility and transportation and Citizen Security, among others.

Graduated in Nutrition from the Autonomous University of Madrid, mother of one son and of Palestinian origin, the now candidate was until her arrival in the Government a great unknown to the general public and although her presence in the Executive has given her notoriety, she is only known 13.7% of those surveyed, according to the latest CIS, only ahead of Elma Saiz and Ángel Víctor Torres.

The political document defended by the IU Executive, now open for debate, advocates “feminizing” coaching, in addition to “reinforcing its territorial implementation” and its “organizational solidity.” The announcement of Rego's candidacy happens simply ten days earlier than Sumar's first meeting is held, on March 23, with nonetheless many doubts concerning the social gathering's future position within the platform.

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