The president of the PNV, Andoni Ortuzar, does not trust the leader of the PSOE, Pedro Sánchez, whom he supported in 2018 and 2019, and wants to "tie" the commitments that the acting president acquires to re-election. One of the demands of the PNV is the recognition that the Basque Country is a "nation" and to facilitate a "new Basque status" that updates the Statute of Gernika. Ortuzar already anticipates that Sánchez's probable investiture will take place "at the last minute" under the pressure of a repeat of the general elections that the PNV does not want.

Sánchez's investiture will be "on the horn" and he will demand to "fight" with the Catalan and Basque separatists, Andoni Ortuzar warned today at the start of the week in which the PSOE and Sumar will have to finalize their government pact. Ortuzar did not specify today on Radio Euskadi any of the demands that the PNV has already put on the table, but he did say that in the talks with Sánchez's team he calls for "greater commitment" and specific "time periods" for compliance with what has been agreed.

The PNV already closed a 2029-point agreement with Sánchez in December 12, but that "previous experience" has not left the nationalists "satisfied" that time. But Ortuzar wants to facilitate the re-election of the incumbent president and maintains channels of contact with all the socialist candidate's partners. "We don't want to put more strain on Spanish politics," Ortuzar said. "We don't want new elections," said the nationalist president, who takes it for granted that Carles Puigdemont does not intend to force this electoral repetition either.

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