The economist Ramón Tamames is inclined to be the Vox candidate in the motion of no confidence against President Pedro Sánchez. He has expressed this in a conversation with Europa Press, in which he has warned that the decision has not yet been made and that, if it materializes, he will announce it next week. Two months after announcing that he would present a motion, it finally seems that Vox has found the profile he was looking for: a personality alien, at this time, to politics.
Last Wednesday, Abascal revealed that he had met with Tamames to discuss his intentions to make Sánchez de la Moncloa unhorse, a meeting that was interpreted as a key rapprochement between the two to seal the signing. In statements to Europa Press, Tamames has revealed that he will meet again next Tuesday with the leadership of the party. As he explained, he is close to saying yes, but some issues remain to be closed, such as the content of his speech as a candidate and the one that the Vox representative would deliver.
Tamames has specified that he does not share all the positions of the formation, but that it is a constitutional party. In case of rejecting the proposal, he has said, he would have the feeling of not helping his country as he should. The reasons that bring him closer to leading the motion are the government's pacts with pro-independence parties, a fact that he considers "serious", and the recent reform of the Penal Code.
Tamames' alliance with Vox would confirm the radical turn that he had been taking throughout his career. The 89-year-old economist was an active anti-Franco militant and member of the Spanish Communist Party (PCE), for which he served as a deputy in Congress with the restoration of democracy. Later, he helped create the United Left (he was also a representative for the IU) and would eventually move to the Democratic and Social Center, founded by Adolfo Suárez, before leaving politics. In the economic sphere, he has been modifying his thesis, turning towards a conservative position and further and further away from his political origins. Among his academic works, the manual Estructura Económica de España stands out.
If this step is finally carried out, the declaration of intent that Vox made in December, when it announced that it would present a motion of censure against the Government, would materialize. Among his plans was that the candidate would be independent, with experience in the institutions and that he should acquire the commitment to call elections once he received the support of Congress to relieve Sánchez.
The Popular Party rejected, from the outset, allying with Vox, although Alberto Núñez Feijóo opened the door to abstain. Yesterday, the general coordinator of the PP, Elías Bendodo, described the motion as a "clear error." Thus, he ruled out the favorable vote of his party, since "the accounts do not come out" and, in his opinion, it would only benefit Pedro Sánchez if he wins, as will happen if there are no substantial changes to the script. .
Vox already presented a motion in October 2020, with a failed attempt that received a vote against the popular. The motion headed by Abascal did not prosper due to the lack of parliamentary support: only the 52 Vox deputies said yes. It was, in fact, the worst result of the five motions of censure that had been presented in democratic history.