translated from Spanish: PPD agrees to hold open primaries in January to elect presidential flag bearer and approves expanding Progressive Convergence

After an extensive telematics meeting of more than six hours involving nearly 180 national councillors, including parliamentarians, municipal authorities and regional leaders, the Democracy Party (PPD) today decided at its 54th National Council that the definition of the presidential candidate will be held in January next year.
In addition, together with assessing the space created with the PS and PR in progressive convergence, which has generated visibility and identity, the National Council of the PPD approved expanding this body of political coordination, inviting the Liberal Party, the PRO, sectors from RD and the FA, and independents, so that they can be part of social democratic progressism.
On the presidential issue, at the request of a proposal by the party president, Heraldo Muñoz, it was determined to form a high-level cross-cutting committee that will seek to make the open primary mechanism feasible, having to submit a proposal in the first days of 2021 and setting a date for that election at the end of that January.
Similarly, the prelation of candidates for mayors, mayors and councillors from most regions was voted on, subtracting only Magellan, who will have to reiterate their regional vote. It was also approved by a majority that it is the national table that continues to lead the negotiations with the rest of the opposition and reach agreements for pacts or sub-budgets for municipal lists as well as constituents.
The National Secretariat of Women also managed to get three political votes approved, two referring to the lists of councillors and constituents being led by female candidates, and a third clearly reporting candidate eligibility criteria.
Finally, it was decided to support Heraldo Muñoz’s proposal to urge government authorities to pay dependent caregivers, which is equivalent to some 500,000 people and 68 per cent for women. The idea is that they receive at least the minimum wage, which would benefit 1/3 of today’s unemployed women, at a tax cost of less than 1% of GDP, within the agreed emergency framework for 2021.

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