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The electoral alliance between Anova de Beiras and Escarda Unida de Yolanda Diaz was an unprecedented success in Galicia. The Alternativa Galega de Esquerda managed to become the third political force in the Autonomous Parliament with nine deputies, behind only the PP and PSdeG. After decades of institutional and electoral dominance of the BNG in the region, the AGE managed to oust the libertarians, becoming the fourth political force in Galicia and the second to be replaced by the so-called Alternative Left.

[…] In the campaign, stood an adviser sent from Madrid by the IU to help with the electoral process and who used those months to sabotage the political culture of Galicians and the historic agreement between the European Union and Anova. It was none other than Pablo Iglesias. Political scientists had known Diaz for a long time, but this was the moment when the two became involved in their destiny and worked side by side for the same goal.

Trapped in the golf of the leader of the Esquerda Unida (the same car that the Vice President currently owns), the two tour Galicia from end to end […] Iglesias already had an idea so that not only Galicia, but “the whole of Spain” could know the candidate. The image of Diaz arriving with his daughter at the conclave in which the US leadership validated the agreement with Anova did not go unnoticed. A young woman, the leader of her political sphere, who went to work with her newborn daughter in her arms, was pure symbolism, the flesh of literature and the media attention. As a specialist in political communication, Iglesias did not miss the opportunity and made an offer to the leader: turn the photo with his daughter into an election poster. Díaz categorically refused, but the then-advisor was not going to give up on the first unsuccessful attempt and asked to speak to his partner and the girl’s father, Juan Andrés Mezzoso, to discuss the idea. “The girl would not appear on an election poster, even if her mother wanted to,” Meizoso came to answer, to which Iglesias certainly ruled out the option.

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Cover of “The Red Lady” by Yolanda Diaz

After entering the Galician parliament, Diaz was appointed as co-spokesperson for the Alternative Galician de Escarda group, a position that increased his popularity with the public, resulting in intense face-to-face meetings with the president. Front meeting. Zunta, Alberto Nez Feizu. “Journalists loved those debates, they didn’t miss a single one. Yolanda and Beiras actually stormed Feiju, who was in dispute at the time over photographs with drug smuggler Martial Dorado on a yacht,” said Dr. Jose Garcia remembers Buitrone.

[…] Those who lived in person prior to that stage assure that it was then that he made the qualitative leap that projected him onto public view and, somehow, laid the first paving stone on the path he has traveled to this day. is of. Diaz was beginning to show up, sticking out his head and could no longer return to his trip to Moncloa. But she didn’t know it yet.

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[…] As with the alliance in which he starred with Ferrol’s Socialists, AGE’s ending (returned to En María) was bitter and the honeymoon between Díaz and Beiras, Escarda Unida and Anova, resulted in a painful divorce. ended. In 2016, IU and Podemos made a bet that the En Marea candidate for the Galician regional elections would be an independent candidate, not Beiras. […] A year after the election, during an interview, Beires devoted some harsh words against the current vice president: “She was the first person who betrayed me.”

There are also those in the immediate environment of the Vice President who warn that the AGE model is not best to replicate at the state level, precisely because of how it ended and succumbed to the long-awaited unity of Galicians. Done. Its own partisan competition and internal conflict, which blew up the political space. However, in addition to being a necessary political school to build itself up as a leader and strengthen its public trajectory, En María (the name adopted by AGE after aligning with Podemos and the so-called Social Tide, which was adopted in 2015 Significant success was achieved. Municipal elections in Galicia) was the platform that brought Yolanda Diaz to Madrid.

It took many calls and talks for the Galician politician to agree to leave his homeland and become an MP in the Congress of Deputies. He works hard to get Diaz, an opinion widely shared in his surroundings. […]

In that short life of the Ann Maria group in Congress, Diaz starred in key moments that were to mark her political career. Prior to this, in the 2015 general election campaign, the United Left candidate for Moncloa, Alberto Garzón, and his first discrepancy with the coalition leadership. With the formation of AGE, they preferred to merge, mix and merge with different forces and political currents. “Learning in Galicia is important to him; Very few people know this, but before that she was a conservative, a party person who had great respect for discipline and machinery. AGE forever replaces Yolanda, who now embraces heresy without hesitation and conviction”, commented one of the people closest to the Vice President.

[…] After the breakup between Iglesias and Garzón, the United Left leader left alliances in these regions up in the air. [Galicia y Cataluña], The coordinator of Esquerda Unida then decided to secure his project, shield En Marea and avoid any possible interference in Galicia by the federal leadership of the IU. If Podemos and Izquierda Unida were not going to participate in the general elections together, it would do so in the Galician constituency. And he was right. The candidacy of the United Left Federations in Galicia and Catalonia (with Podemos) was successful. […] Thus began a distance that would end in 2019 with the departure of the leader of the Galician Party, withdrawn as a member of the United Left after the federal coordinator advocated not to enter a coalition government with the PSOE.

[…] It was common for Iglesias to consult with him on important issues that pertained not only to the functioning of the parliamentary group, but also to first-order political decisions. The fact that the leader of the Confederal Space had one of his main political supporters in the Galician deputy of Ann Maria, outside of his leadership formation, and he also maintained a great friendship with her, called Diaz a “girl day”. Got the nickname. Pablo (Iglesias)” in some areas of the Unidos Podemos group. No one knows whether Iglesias had already considered him as his replacement at that time.

[…] His political development clashes head-on with his personal life at this stage.

[…] The distance with his daughter Carmella takes a toll on him and spoils him so much that in his surroundings they are surprised and concerned about the “brutalism” that Diaz has caused to spend some more time with her than his political activity. had done for Several days, when he finished his day in Congress, he went straight to the airport, at about eight in the afternoon, took a plane and planted himself in Santiago. From there, late at night, he went by car to his native Ferrol, his home, and lay down next to Carmella so that she could have a restful but light sleep, as she had to be in Santiago a few hours later to catch a flight. Return to Madrid which will allow him to arrive at the deputy congress in the morning to start another parliamentary day.

Day after day, over the years, Diaz made this practice a routine in his life, causing concern to his colleagues and friends, who, although they knew of his strength and determination, knew that that it may affect their health and physical. Includes toll. Diaz was reluctant to leave Galicia and believed that his political future lay in Madrid. To this day, although his partner and his daughter live with him in the capital, it is still difficult for him.

Yolanda Diaz, The Red Lady (Version B) will be available for sale on April 13.