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The "multinational" country of Sánchez stirs the political debate of the socialists

María Luisa Carcedo defended the federal idea of the new secretary general, which the supporters of Susana Díaz find "dangerous" because it "breaks the tradition of the party"

29.05.2017 | 07:56

Having already overcome the dispute of who will lead the PSOE -sentenced by the primaries- the fundamental conflict begins now. The map of the party will no longer be labeled as susanistas and pedristas, but will be determined by the models of country and organization that both groups defend, in clear contradiction.

A first scene of this discussion, which will be heated when facing the federal congress, although supporters of Pedro Sánchez are a large majority to impose their criteria, could be seen yesterday in the pre-congress of the FSA. In the political, Senator María Luisa Carcedo was responsible for defending the idea of Pedro Sánchez that "a federal constitutional reform, maintaining that sovereignty resides in the whole of the Spanish people, should refine the recognition of the multinational character of the targeted State in article 2 of the Spanish Constitution"; that is, this article should be reformulated with a new wording.

Carcedo had the dialectical support of two former secretaries of Javier Fernández: the pedristas Tino Blanco and Ana González, who had a debate on the matter with the parliamentary spokesman of the PSOE, Fernando Lastra, contrary to sliding an idea that, in the opinion of the susanistas, breaks with the political tradition of the party and that cost so much to fix in the Declaration of Granada of 2013.

That document, which sketched a federal model horizon that did not conflict with the constitutional precepts, referred to the diversity of nationalities and regions (in the terms established in the Constitution). It supposed an intense internal debate in the PSOE, which managed to stop the pretension of the Catalonian socialists to introduce the concept of "nation of nations", expression that Pedro Sánchez has explicitly used during his campaign for the primaries.

The nuance is important, the susanistas say, because although the Constitution talks about "nationalities", the term "Nation" (with a capital N) establishes the "indissoluble unity" of the "common and indivisible homeland of all Spaniards".

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