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The Federal Committee of the PSOE this Saturday approved the organizational changes proposed by Pedro Sánchez, with which the President seeks a stronger link between the actions of the government, the party and the political groups before the next electoral cycle. Finance Minister María Jesús Montero will become the new deputy general secretary of the party and thus the person in charge of its management. Although he hasn’t made a career in the device, Montero holds a high profile as a manager after two decades between the Junta de Andalucía and the Treasury. And it includes a look from the south towards a party still bearing the trauma of losing the Junta de Andalucía. That exlehendakari Patxi López becomes the new speaker in Congress. López gives political weight to parliamentary actions, which will certainly translate into greater media impact. Education Minister Pilar Alegría, experienced in regional politics, will become the new spokeswoman for the executive.

All highly recognizable for the socialist voter and all of different internal origins, with which Sánchez crowns the reunification of a party split in 2016. At his side are first-time sanchistas like Santos Cerdán, Secretary of Organization, or Cristina Narbona, President of the party, although the most visible and strongest references like Adriana Lastra definitely appear. The reorganization of the PSOE carried out last year must be regarded as a failure. Sánchez confirms his survival profile, which configures the lineup that, in his opinion, adapts to the needs of the moment. Hyper-leadership as a sign of the new era – the PP beat its President Pablo Casado in 48 hours and cheered and placed itself at the disposal of the new one, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, in just a few weeks – was unceremoniously staged in a socialist conclave: Sánchez hardly devoted himself to the internal changes a few minutes he did not justify, and appeared flanked by the new positions before being voted between Congresses in the highest bodies.

However, the evidence shows that only hyper-leadership fails to win elections. The changes in the PSOE also seem aimed at improving the government’s relationship with Ferraz, whose middle cadres are the regional and local terminals, who ultimately have to defend difficult decisions and explain the government’s actions on the eve of a cycle election Socialists see themselves in the Polls faced popularity above, as shown by the July barometer of 40 dB for EL PAÍS. The consequences of the party’s lack of dialogue and mobilization can be deadly for socialists if the economic complications turn into an autumn of discontent. Pedro Sánchez, the first socialist general secretary not appointed by the party organs but in spite of them, and elected by the militants after being rejected by the cadres, came to tell his supporters that they were only aspiring can remain in power with the entire PSOE in 2023. He opened the election campaign for the local and regional elections next spring with a speech that essentially focused on the ideological struggle for a social-democratic solution to the climate and economic crisis. Time will tell if pulling him out of the tide that is shaking and toppling governments across Europe is enough.

Source elpais.com

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