By Damon Mitchell • 24 September 2020 • 13:44
SPAIN’S Second Deputy Prime Minister and secretary-general of Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, has defended the need to move towards a “New Republic”.
He suggests that new republic should recognise the plurinationality of Spain, with an organisation “more federal, more confederal” and that moves away from centralism.
“I believe that working and building alliances to advance to the republican horizon has to be one of the political tasks of Podemos in the coming years,” Iglesias said in his speech before his party.
For Iglesias, this republican future is a “scenario for overcoming the territorial crisis that Spain is experiencing” and may represent, he said, “a common project that appeals to all the peoples of the State against the centralism” of the Monarchy.
However, and although Iglesias has not referred in his speech to the time frame of this new republic, the vice president considers it to be a medium or long-term project.
In the context of the crisis of the monarchy with the departure of King Juan Carlos and the investigation in the Supreme Court Prosecutor’s Office on the possible commissions paid by Saudi Arabia for the construction of the AVE to Mecca, Iglesias thus vindicates the republican vocation of Podemos compared to what he considers a monarchical PSOE party.
“Those of us who are Republicans have to be able to understand the historical moment in which the Spanish monarchy is found and the model of state that this monarchy embodies. We have to have the courage and the audacity so that Spain advances towards the horizon of a new republic”, defended Iglesias.
According to this project, the “New Republic” should leave behind an economic model based on construction and tourism, which “has become the main obstacle to the economic development of Spain.”
“The monarchy no longer represents the business opportunities of the most dynamic business sectors. Those sectors have to be part of a new republican horizon that means economic modernisation, greater efficiency and competitive capacity,” said Iglesias. In his opinion, there is an “exhaustion” of the historical role that the monarchy has played in Spain.
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