“The past is the past”. With this significant phrase, the hitherto director of the Labor Inspection under the orders of Yolanda Díaz, Héctor Illueca, has wanted to open a new stage in his landing this Friday in Valencia and, above all, in the Second Vice Presidency of the Valencian Government. With the housing competitions, Illueca will become the highest institutional position of Podemos in a Consell that has been shaken in recent days by the internal crisis of the purple party. Not in vain, Illueca relieves Rubén Martínez Dalmau, who never communed with the coordinator of Podemos in Valencia, Pillar Five. Aware that his arrival has revolutionized the beginning of the Valencian political course, Illueca wanted to launch two clear messages this Friday: the first, to his partners from PSOE and Compromís in the Government, and the second, to his own party. If in recent weeks the alarms had been set off in the Palau de la Generalitat due to the departure of a moderate profile like Dalmau – nothing to do with that of Lima, more belligerent and combative – Illueca was in charge of promising in his speech “institutional loyalty”. And if his replacement has occurred days after the resignations in the citizen council, Illueca has admitted that “dialogue” is necessary. No euphemisms or circumlocution. Illueca was sheltered in Valencia by the staff of his party: the Minister of Social Rights and leader of Podemos, Ione Belarra; the Minister of Consumption and coordinator of Izquierda Unida, Alberto Garzón; and even the founder of Podemos, Juan Carlos Monedero. “I come to strengthen the unity of the Consell and the Botànic project”Illueca explained to questions from journalists. The word “unity”, in fact, he used repeatedly: “My culture is one of unity.” It should not be forgotten that, after the crisis broke out and fearing a break with Podemos, the Presidency of the Generalitat even threatened to expel United Podemos from the Executive. Now, Illueca also wanted to make it clear that Podemos will not give up having own voice within the Government, which will surely mean marking distances with its partners on certain issues, something that Dalmau practically did not do. But Lima has since assumed the leadership of the party. “I am not here to do electoralism and to enter the war for one vote, but I am here to argue loyally with the partners.” That conception of loyalty, in fact, involves “always telling the truth to partners.” And as for his own party, while Lima had downplayed the resignations of critics, Illueca did not. “I regret that situation,” he said. “In our party we need a lot of dialogue. We are a young force and we must learn to build a friendly space where discrepancies do not subtract.”
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