The president of the Government of Aragon, Javier Lambán, assured this Wednesday that "this country would have done better" if the former Asturian president Javier Fernández had been the general secretary of the PSOE instead of Pedro Sánchez. This was stated today during the closing of the table on 'The State of the autonomies: balance and future vision from the exercise of political responsibility'.
In this act, he praised the former president of Asturias Javier Fernández, who also spoke, recalling his agreements to fight against depopulation. Lambán has regretted that when Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba resigned in 2014 Fernández refused to assume the general secretary of the federal PSOE: "This country would have done better if Javier had assumed that responsibility."
The Aragonese president has alluded to the Federal Committee of October 1, 2016, "a coven", in which "a merely nominal dilemma was not raised, but two different ways of understanding the way of governing Spain, political alliances", when Fernández led one option and Pedro Sánchez another, since the current president of the central government "understood that the association to govern with nationalists and independentists was admissible."
"The vision that Javier represented prevailed and led to the investiture of Rajoy", recalled Lambán, who stated: "When someone says that the pacts between the PP and PSOE with high vision are impossible, they forget that it was perfectly possible in that investiture and that this opened up a range of possibilities with Javier as president of the manager that could have given rise to very interesting dynamics".
However, "later the PSOE held some primaries, an evil invention where they exist, and that has given rise, together with the populist contamination that, in one way or another, we are all suffering, to which at this moment all the parties are whatever anything but democratic structures".
"Those primaries were won, overwhelmingly and legitimately, by Pedro Sánchez and, accepting that vote, at least in that political part of the party I feel in a minority, but it is something that in the history of the PSOE has happened on many occasions and it is something which I carry with the greatest possible dignity".
In addition, the Aragonese president has maintained that the Catalan issue "is not being solved" but that what is happening is that the nationalists "are calm because their road map is being carried out", while he has missed the absence of big agreements between PSOE and PP.
Likewise, it has called attention to "the moment in which the majority parties ceased to have a majority in Congress." "We have witnessed cessions to the nationalists, a progressive disconnection that only major agreements between PSOE and PP or with a party, Cs, would have avoided, which I really hope will recover its presence in any way" in the General cuts.
"Only that would have prevented it and, since that has not happened, we are in that complicated drift that puts article 2 of the Constitution at risk", referring to the unity of Spain "as a synonym of equal rights among Spaniards", has warned.
Lambán has considered that the autonomous communities should "get involved" and has opted for the reform of the Constitution in the sense of "capitalizing" federalism to "build the country based on relations between the autonomous communities."
Likewise, he has defended the development of the Senate as a territorial chamber, similar to the German Bundesrat, and has praised the holding of the Conferences of Presidents, which "have not yet materialized as they should." He has given the example of the agreement signed, on October 6, with the Junta de Andalucía to promote the Algeciras-Zaragoza railway motorway, or the agreements with other communities, such as Navarra, La Rioja and the Valencian Community. "This type of relationship creates a country, a nation, a Constitution, and establishes a definitive way of understanding the future from autonomous governments."
"The autonomous communities must transcend the territorial scope that corresponds to us and feel concerned in the future of Spain from Title VIII of the Constitution and attending to federal Spain, which is not by law, although it is in fact."
Given the commotion caused, Lambán has used Twitter to distance himself from the interpretation that he was criticizing Pedro Sánchez or questioning his government work or his leadership in the PSOE.