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Abascal and Tamames, with the roles of "good cop" and "bad cop" in the motion of no confidence

MADRID, 19 Mar.

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Abascal and Tamames, with the roles of "good cop" and "bad cop" in the motion of no confidence


Santiago Abascal and Ramón Tamames will share the papers criticizing the Government in the motion of censure against Pedro Sánchez that is being debated this Tuesday in Congress. While the Vox leader plans to adopt a very harsh tone against the coalition executive, the candidate will intersperse his criticism with alternative proposals and a more contained profile.

At 9 in the morning on Tuesday, the debate on the motion of censure will begin in the plenary session of Congress, the second proposal by Vox during this legislature. However, on this occasion Santiago Abascal will be the one who defends the initiative and will later give way to Ramón Tamames as an alternative candidate for the Presidency of the Government.

Vox sources have advanced to Europa Press that the party president's speech will not be very long -despite not having a time limit-, but it will be very critical of the Government. In his speech, he will review all of Sánchez's policies since his arrival at the Moncloa Palace and the consequences that, in his opinion, they have for the public.

Abascal himself has explained in recent weeks that the objective is to "portray" Pedro Sánchez, and for this he will emphasize his pacts with separatist parties and Bildu, the "assault" on the separation of powers or laws such as the trans law, the 'only yes is yes', the memory law, the euthanasia law, the abortion reform or the animal welfare law.

Instead, Tamames' tone as a candidate will be softer. Although he will censure many of the Government's policies and will take an X-ray of the current situation in Spain, he will propose measures that in his opinion would help improve the country and he will avoid the thickest descriptions.

In fact, in recent days he has already avoided sharing Vox's definition that Sánchez's is the worst government in the history of Spain, although he has pointed out that it is "one of the worst". He has even said that he has a certain "esteem" for the chief executive, with whom he would go to dinner.

The mechanics of the debate foresees that the candidate will be presented before the Plenary by one of the signatory deputies, who in this case Vox has already announced will be Abascal himself. In 2020, he himself was the candidate and was presented by his then head of the poster for the elections in Catalonia, Ignacio Garriga, the same role played by the PSOE Organization Secretary, José Luis Ábalos, in 2018 with Sánchez, and the ' number two' of Podemos, Irene Montero, with Pablo Iglesias in 2017.

In accordance with parliamentary customs, the candidate debates with the Government, which chooses who gives the reply, and with the different parliamentary groups. In any case, the candidate sets the pace and in this case Ramón Tamames, 89, will decide how he will respond to the other groups.

The following day, Wednesday, it will be the turn of the vote, which is public and by call, with each deputy expressing out loud the meaning of their vote. Tamames already said this Thursday that he believed he would get much more support if the vote were to go.

From the party they advanced that the candidate's speech was being worked on jointly, and in fact a draft of the intervention was already leaked this week. However, it will be in the aftershocks where the economist has more freedom of action.

Vox assumes that Tamames has his own line as an "independent" candidate and they have accepted the contradictions between many of his postulates and those of the party, but they emphasize that they agree on a common idea: to throw Sánchez out of the Moncloa Palace.

The candidate agreed this Thursday with the president of the Congress, Meritxell Batet, to intervene from the seat that Abascal has assigned in the chamber to avoid having to go up and down the steep steps that lead to the speaker's gallery of the Plenary Hall every time you have to intervene.

Specifically, he will sit in the first row of seats, just above the blue bench, a location from which he will be able to debate face to face with Pedro Sánchez, whom he aspires to evict from Moncloa. The economist will have just below the Minister of Territorial Policy and Government spokesperson, Isabel Rodríguez; and to his left the PNV spokesman, Aitor Esteban.

This is the sixth vote of no confidence in recent democratic history. Of the five debated to date, all except the one headed by Sánchez himself failed, and everything indicates that the one led by the economist Ramón Tamames will follow the same path.

The president of the Popular Party, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, has already announced the abstention of his 88 deputies, unlike the vote against the PP in the motion of no confidence in October 2020, when the harsh tone of its then leader, Pablo Casado, It meant the de facto break with Vox.

Now, the 'popular' believe that the motion of censure will be a "triumph of Pedro Sánchez at a time when he is absolutely cornered," according to his parliamentary spokesman, Cuca Gamarra, said this week.

In any case, he advanced that he will adopt a "rigorous and serious" tone during his speech in which "the Spanish will be able to see that the alternative is very close." According to him, it will be in the regional and local elections on May 28 when "the Spanish will be able to censor Sánchez" and "show him the way out of Moncloa."

Abascal himself has asked the PP to reconsider this position, even more so when many of Tamames' opinions are closer to the 'popular' than to Vox. "Why are they going to abstain?" He asked this week, recommending that they wait to hear from the candidate.