They spent the night letting off some steam before speaking in public. The press conference scheduled for Thursday night after the meeting with Ciudadanos and PSOE was cancelled. Pablo Iglesias and his followers gathered yesterday morning in the Parliament with the parliamentary group and its allies Galician En Marea and the Catalan En Comú podem. And they announced what everyone expected: the three-party pact, the “199” as Pedro Sánchez calls it, referring to the number of seats corresponding to the sum of the PSOE, Ciudadanos and Podemos seats in Parliament, is impossible.
But Podemos is not prepared to take the blame.
And it raises the stakes: we want to be “very clear and honest with the citizens of Spain” it said. This is why it submits to his 400 thousand militants two binding questions: a clever way to dodge the accusation of having blown up the deal.
“Do you want a government based on the Rivera-Sanchez pact?”
“Do you agree with the proposal to change the government defended by Podemos – En Marea – En Comú podem?”
Iglesias said he supports a negative answer to the first question and a positive answer to the second one, and that if the militants thought differently he will “assume the political responsibility”.
In reality, things have not changed since December 20th.