SÁnchez, 52 years old, Prime Minister since 2018 and also leader of the Socialist Party of Spain (PSOE) has left the country disconcerted twice in the last five days.

First, with the warning that he was considering resigning and that he would reflect for five days. Then, with a statement today in which, when everything indicated that he was going to leave, he ended up saying that he would stay after all.

“This decision is not a final point. It is a point and a paragraph, I guarantee it. That is why I am committed to working tirelessly, with firmness and serenity, for the pending regeneration of our democracy and for the advancement and consolidation of rights and freedoms “, he stated, without elaborating further.

Last Wednesday, Sánchez explained that he was considering resigning because he and his family had been victims of personal attacks, disinformation campaigns and lies from radical sectors, fed and taken advantage of by right-wing and extreme parties, for years. -right (Popular Party and Vox).

Today, he called for collective reflection on the “degradation of public life” in Spain and for social mobilization “for dignity”, against “the politics of shame”, “toxic practices” and “the sludge” that “colonizes” politics with impunity .

Sánchez thus added yet another episode to a political career marked by what the Spanish call “effect coups” or “changes in the script”, disconcerting, unprecedented and unexpected decisions with which he surprises opponents and supporters and with which he has managed to call the mobilization of the troops and repositioning the political debate and even the polls in your favor.

Today he assured that there was “no political calculation” in the announcements of the last few days, but critics and opponents are suspicious, given the apparently empty outcome of the tension and ‘suspense’ in which Spain has been kept since Wednesday.

This was expressed by the independence parties in Catalonia that made the last government viable, last November, and that today accused it of carrying out a political maneuver in the middle of the campaign for the autonomy elections on May 12th.

Sánchez used “in a partisan way” the “solidarity in the face of attacks from the extreme right” that several parties expressed towards him, said the leader of the Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) and re-candidate for president of the regional government Pere Aragonès.

The ERC was one of the parties that showed solidarity with Sánchez and assured that it would vote in favor of a motion of confidence if the prime minister moved forward with this initiative. This is in the middle of the campaign for elections in which the Socialists are the biggest competitor.

But today Sánchez did not go ahead with his resignation or the motion of confidence and did what no one expected: a simple announcement that he had decided to stay where he is.

“I’m perplexed”, confessed political scientist Pablo Simón, on La Sexta television, as soon as Sánchez finished speaking.

“He basically said that he spent five days meditating on a personal decision, in a process of reflection that he could have carried out without subjecting the country to the institutional tension that it has experienced in the last five days”, added Pablo Simón, who said that he expected, at least, the announcement of a motion of no confidence and admitted that the Prime Minister may have hurt his credibility today.

Critics and analysts remember that Sánchez titled his autobiography “Resistance Manual” and is a man with, at least, a reputation and image as ruthless and calculating.

Therefore, they emphasize “the point and paragraph” of today’s speech and consider that we need to wait and see what comes next.

For fellow political scientist Cristina Monge, who spoke in various media outlets during the morning, there is still a need to know the “democracy regeneration plan” that Sánchez referred to in order to “make sense” and “understand well” what has happened in Spain in the last five days .

Sánchez’s political CV is, to this day, that of a survivor, often against all expectations.

Born in Madrid, he has a PhD in Economics and completed his higher studies in the Spanish capital and Brussels. He was a university professor and advisor to the European Parliament and was part of the office of the United Nations high representative in Bosnia during the war in Kosovo.

He has been a member of the PSOE since 1993 and became a deputy for the first time in 2009, after being a councilor in Madrid.

She became leader of the PSOE in 2014 and lost elections twice, with the worst results the party had in the history of Spanish democracy established in 1978.

The party expelled him from leadership in 2016 and was considered politically dead, but he returned to office in May 2017, running against the PSOE apparatus and barons.

In June 2018, he became prime minister without going to elections by passing the first motion of censure in Spanish history.

He won two elections in 2019 and ended up leading the first coalition government of Spanish democracy, with the far-left platform Unidas Podemos.

The executive was made possible by Catalan and Basque independence parties, which earned him repeated and harsh accusations of negotiating and making deals with “enemies of Spain” just to stay in power.

He arrived at last year’s elections exhausted by this criticism and with five years of government that coincided with the covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine. He did not win the legislative elections, but he won the Government again with the support of a group of eight left and right, independent and nationalist parties.

The last Government’s price included an amnesty for Catalan separatists that it had always rejected. The invoice seems about to arrive, but for the opponents: the polls give victory to the socialists in Catalonia on May 12 and the possibility of returning to govern the region after 14 consecutive years of independence and nationalist executives.

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