The left-wing electoral alliance Adelante Andalucía is breaking

Since 2018, the left-wing electoral alliance Adelante Andalucía (in English: Forward Andalusia) has been running opposition in the Andalusian regional parliament. But now the alliance is threatening to break up: As reported, the former Podemos politician Teresa Rodríguez has registered the new party “Anticapitalistas Andalucía”.

Teresa Rodríguez im Jahre 2015
Teresa Rodríguez als Podemos-Politikerin im Jahre 2015
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For the alliance parties Podemos Andalucía and IU Andalucía this step came as no surprise. However, they are less enthusiastic about it: IU coordinator Toni Valero now stressed that the unity of the left forces is an absolute necessity. “Adelante Andalucía does not exist without IU Andalucía and Podemos Andalucía”.

Therefore, the alliance parties are issuing an ultimatum to Rodríguez: either she will have Adelante Andalucía removed from the electoral register or legal action will be taken, as Daniel Cela of claims to have learned from IU Andalucía circles.1 Cela, Daniel: IU da un ultimátum a Teresa Rodríguez: o retira Adelante Andalucía del registro de partidos o da por rota la confluencia., 26.06.2020

Two steps forward, three steps back

The background is that Rodríguez wants to run with the new party in the alliance in the next elections. IU Andalucía in particular feels that it has been deceived by the anti-capitalist strategy. After Rodríguez’s break with Podemos in February, it had brought a possible party formation into play. Even then the IU was already saying that the registered name “Adelante Andalucía” could not be used at will.2Luci, Lourdes: Teresa Rodríguez aspira a crear un partido andalucista a la izquierda del PSOE y abre una brecha con IU. El País, 13.02.2020

Teresa Rodríguez’s spokeswoman, Esperanza Fernández, explains on Twitter that in recent weeks trials have taken place within Adelante Andalucía and the majority within the group is said to have agreed to the creation of the party “Anticapitalistas Andalucía”.

IU, on the other hand, accuses the Anticapitalistas of having used their influence within the alliance. Fernández only briefly comments on this accusation: “If there is no consensus, the majority decides. In fact, the process has always been generous to minorities without forcing majorities.”

Last stop: fundamental opposition?

The greatest tension on both sides, however, is a political one, which is now unloading itself in the formation of the party: The anti-capitalist wing around Rodríguez left Podemos because of “political differences”, including the current participation in the government. As Anticapitalistas, they have no plans to enter into a government with the PSOE in Andalusia either.

Meanwhile, the IU and Podemos are following a line that is also valid at national level: they are open to a coalition with the PSOE. And this contradicts the very reason Adelante Andalucía was founded, the Anticapitalists argue: to be a leftist and alternative counterpart to the right-wing Andalusian social democrats around Susana Díaz.