Aleix Mercader – 23/01/2021
Salvador Illa, PSC candidate for the Catalan elections / YOUTUBE
Salvador Illa, has made a statement of intent during his participation in the federal committee of the PSOE held this Saturday in Barcelona. The meeting was attended by both Miquel Iceta, general secretary of the PSC, and the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez.
The messages of unity have focused on Illa’s brief intervention, which has confirmed his imminent departure from the cabinet of ministers. “In a few days I will be the candidate of the PSC and I will turn to that task at 101%, it is the only way I know how to do things,” he said in one of the first pre-campaign acts of the Socialists. The formation arrives at the electoral appointment with high spirits due to the good omens of the demoscopic tastings. The latest CIS poll ranks the PSC as the most voted party, although tied for seats with ERC.
Sánchez defines the “Illa factor”
Sánchez has taken the floor to present the presidential candidate before he addressed the party members. The President of the Executive has praised the execution of the Health Minister and has dared to define the “Illa factor” as a “mixture of common sense, hard work, intelligence and great kindness.” In addition, the leader thanked Iceta’s step back, “that he had every right to be a candidate and no one disputed it.”
After Sánchez’s presentation, the still minister has stated that his vocation for unity will guide his actions in the face of the next regional elections. “I will feel like the candidate of many more people, of people who stopped voting for us, of people who have never voted for us, of people who never even vote for us again. I will be the candidate of all the people who want to turn the page and move on. “, has said.
Leave behind the ‘procés’
“I am not going to ask anyone what they have done in recent years. I believe in a Catalonia without revenge, which truly focuses on what matters: decent work, public health and social progress.” The former mayor of La Roca del Vallès (Barcelona) has called to leave behind the “lost decade” of the procés to “raise up together a huge We as great as Catalonia.”
“I am not deluded, I know it is not easy. The usual people will say that change is impossible. But I am humble, and as I am humble I have hope. I believe in the Catalonia of common sense, respect and work. To that Catalonia, nothing and nobody can stop it, “he said.
Iceta: “The only alternative”
For his part, the leader of the PSC, Miquel Iceta, has vindicated his successor as a socialist candidate as the only alternative to a new ERC and JxCat government that affects the “decline” of Catalonia. “The next 14F the choice is clear: either president Illa or more decadence, or president Illa or more incompetence, or president Illa or more of the same,” he exclaimed.
The Socialists have met in the Catalan capital with less than a week to go before the electoral campaign begins, which will foreseeably begin with the question of whether to vote on the date indicated. The Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia has until February 8 to make a final decision, although the interlocutors on precautionary measures point to the maintenance of February 14. Meanwhile, the party begins to grease its machinery to prepare the return of Illa to the Catalan political arena.