The national leader of the PP, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, and the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, took advantage of an act of the PP with Hispanic-American citizens living in Spain this Saturday to veilly accuse the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, of pay "homage to autocrats" and suggest that their Executive maintains political ties to "narco-dictators."
Feijóo has made these statements the same day that Sánchez participates, in Santo Domingo, in the XVIII Ibero-American Summit.
For this reason, the Government has quickly interpreted that the PP was criticizing the presence of the president at this fundamental meeting of Spanish diplomacy and has branded the opposition leader as "irresponsible".
“I ask Mr. Feijóo to rectify his words.
They are especially unfortunate," Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares protested, before demanding that the PP leader clarify "which countries he was referring to specifically."
Hours later, the person in charge of International Affairs of the popular, Esteban González Pons, has assured that Feijóo was not alluding to the summit but that he only wanted to criticize "the condescension of the Government with different oppressive regimes."
But he has not clarified which ones either.
In the same act of Feijóo in Madrid, before this clarification occurred, González Pons had made a clear reference to the summit and the usual family photo: "Tomorrow in the press there will be two photographs: you will see Pedro Sánchez with a couple of dictators;
You will see Almeida, Ayuso and Feijó with their lovers,
The subsequent explanation of González Pons does not convince the Government.
Albares recalled, in case the PP was referring to Venezuela, that the Sánchez government has allowed 90,000 Venezuelans to arrive in Spain, including a key opposition leader such as Leopoldo López.
If they were referring to Nicaragua, Albares continued, the Government "has offered Spanish nationality to all Nicaraguans who have had their nationality withdrawn in an infamous manner."
“What does Feijóo propose?
That Spain left its chair empty?
That President Sánchez leaves the King alone?
That any of the 22 member [countries] be prevented from coming?
For more than 30 years, Spain has sat at the top with governments of different signs and no one has ever criticized assistance," the minister cried.
Executive sources, outraged by Feijóo's intervention, were quick to remember that the Ibero-American summit is a Spanish initiative that all presidents have always attended, from Felipe González to José María Aznar —his walks with Fidel Castro are well remembered— , José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero or Mariano Rajoy.
These sources described Feijóo as "ignorant" and "irresponsible" and stressed that at the summit, as always, there is also Felipe VI or the highest foreign representative of the EU, Josep Borrell.
The president of Cuba, Agustín Díaz Canel, is at the meeting in Santo Domingo, and, for the moment, Nicolás Maduro has not attended.
The Nicaraguan Daniel Ortega did not attend either.
Ayuso links the Government with "narco dictators"
Feijóo and Díaz Ayuso have rolled up their sleeves in a rally full of songs, applause and flags to try to wear down the Government and mobilize the Latino vote in the regional and municipal elections on May 28.
"I am very proud of not paying homage to apprentice rulers of autocrats and truly autocratic rulers who use their people to improve and prosper themselves," said Núñez Feijóo, without expressly citing Sánchez, who is in Santo Domingo this Saturday and who also He will travel to China next week to meet with President Xi Jinping.
"For this reason, I feel very proud to be with the Spanish-American people and I do not miss meeting with some leaders of the Spanish-American nations," he insisted.
Even more direct has been Díaz Ayuso, who has accused the PSOE of trying to buy votes in America by granting nationalizations in exchange and has attacked the coalition government formed by the PSOE and Podemos, suggesting that they have links to “narco dictators”.
"This government of liberticides wants to multiply nationalizations, carried out quickly and badly in an election year, desperately, shamelessly, trying to use the Hispanic world," the president of the Community of Madrid accused in front of several hundred people.
"Sanchista delegates are traveling to their respective countries to buy wills, to exchange votes for nationalizations," she added before a mostly Latin American audience.
And she finished off: "Next 28-M, Spain is going to be filled with the desire for change, hope and the future,
These words of the popular leaders have caused astonishment in the Spanish delegation displaced to the Ibero-American summit.
In addition to describing Feijóo as "ignorant" and "irresponsible", government sources have wondered if the PP leader believes that the Prime Minister should not attend the summit or if Feijóo himself would not go if one day he arrives The Moncloa.
Faced with the commotion caused, hours later the popular Esteban González Pons has assured that "it is simply false that Feijóo criticizes [Sánchez's] attendance at the Ibero-American Summit", and has specified that what the PP leader intended to criticize is only "the condescension of the Government with different oppressive regimes”.
Feijóo had also censured at the Madrid event that the next EU-CELAC summit (Ibero-American and Caribbean countries) during the Spanish semester of the European presidency, which Sánchez has claimed to be a success, will be held in Brussels and not in Spain.
"It's the other way around, it's a success," La Moncloa sources reply.
“It is organized in Brussels, just like the summit with the African Union.
They should be informed in the PP before criticizing.
It's all out of great ignorance."
Ayuso accuses Sánchez of supporting those who "went to America to plan with narco-dictators"
The president of the PP, Alberto Núñez Feijóo (d), the Madrid president, Isabel Díaz Ayuso (c), and the mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida (i). Photo: JUAN CARLOS HIDALGO (EFE) |
The act had begun shortly before with Yadira Maestre, evangelist pastor of the Cristo Viene church (Usera), blessing the conclave.
With a thunderous voice, Maestre has invoked God's protection to extend to the mayor Martínez Almeida, Ayuso and Feijóo.
But the atmosphere was not one of fervor, but of a party.
In a landscape of flags of the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Romania, Spain and the PP, the music of Henry Méndez entertained the wait while the public arrived loaded with colors.
Over here, a tracksuit from Venezuela;
over there, the ruffles of a long Dominican skirt;
there, blue baseball caps with white letters that read “Nicaragua” and, farther away, black T-shirts with shiny gold letters: “Christian Democrats”.
Help!” was heard when the leaders of the PP took the stage.
President!", Feijóo was also encouraged.
Then, after a brief intervention by the mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez Almeida, Ayuso and Feijóo have charged against the foreign policy of the Government.
"We can reverse the rotating presidency of the European Union [which Spain will assume in the second half of the year] to close major agreements, with Mercosur, to create a market of more than 700 million people," said Núñez Feijóo.
"We should use the presidency to close the agreements with Chile and Mexico, which are a priority advanced by the European Union," he continued.
"In times of scarcity it is necessary to open our borders, share your resources with our resources, and create a community of free countries, with democracy, with prosperity."
After the speeches, the party continued.
To the rhythm of bachata, cumbia and merengue, the spectators, now without politicians, have danced and eaten before a banner that read "Europe is Hispanic" as a backdrop.
Although in reality the context was different: since Bolivians, Colombians, Chileans, Peruvians, Ecuadorians and Paraguayans can vote in the municipal elections even without having nationality, the PP seeks Latino votes for the elections on May 28.
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