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Yolanda Diaz Wiki, Wikipedia, Curriculum, Twitter – Yolanda Daz, the popular Labour Minister of Spain, is using the slogan “Less noise, more talking” in an effort to reenergize the radical left ahead of Sunday’s election.
Who is Yolanda Daz, the hard-left contender for Spain’s elections?
The conflicts that plagued Spain’s left-wing coalition government in recent months are theoretically gone after Podemos backed Dáz’s Sumar (“Unite”) platform after suffering a significant loss in the local and regional elections on May 28.
The 52-year-old lawyer and PCE member said earlier this year when outlining her strategy, “The most important thing is that we join hands, we talk, and we build bridges to show Spain what politics is all about.”
Daz, who is credited with raising Spain’s minimum wage, said: “It’s not about making noise or making a scene but about improving people’s lives.”
Daz, who holds the third-ranking position in the socialist cabinet of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, founded Sumar a year ago and has been able to secure the backing of 15 parties to run as the lone representative of the radical left on Sunday.
It was a significant victory for the politician from Galicia, who in just three years went from being almost unknown to the most popular party leader in Spain, an achievement she accepted coolly while adamantly stating that she is not seeking any “medals.”
The labour law specialist earned a reputation for herself more than ten years ago by participating in political meetings while holding her infant in her arms. She was born in May 1971 in Fene near Ferrol, a working-class town in northwest Spain and the birthplace of former dictator Francisco Franco. However, it was her appointment as labour minister in 2020 that made her a celebrity.
A year later, after losing an election, the radical left’s former leader of Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, handed her the keys of the movement. At the time, when the two were close, Iglesias claimed, “Yolanda Daz could be the next prime minister of Spain.”
She is the daughter of a prominent trade union leader and has made a name for herself in Spanish politics thanks to her charm and ability to reach agreements, which have been praised by both labour and business organisations. During the Covid crisis, Daz worked for the passage of a major minimum wage hike, a key labour reform, and a crucial furlough agreement. By promoting her reputation as a realist, she hopes to profit from such accomplishments.
She has taken care to avoid conflict with Sánchez, who is hoping to be re-elected and would probably try to work with Sumar, in contrast to Podemos, whose leaders were quick to criticise their Socialist coalition partners.
Daz, who frequently dons red, likes to think back to the moment she was four years old and Santiago Carrillo, a veteran Communist leader in Spain, kissed her hand.
Alfonso Guerra, a veteran Socialist who has criticised Sanchez’s ties to the radical left, scoffed, “She’s like (France’s hard-left leader Jean-Luc) Melenchon, only dressed in Christian Dior!”
Sumar’s “universal inheritance” plan, which entails providing young people €20,000 ($22,500) to spend on education or training, has sparked criticism due to its anticipated €10-billion price tag, and this criticism has been echoed in business circles.
Daz has retaliated, arguing that it is essential to ensuring “equal opportunities” for everyone. Irene Montero, the minister for equality, is also up against criticism from some Podemos members after Sumar declared it would not accept her inclusion on its list.