Vice President of the Spanish government and leader of the Podemos party, Pablo Iglesias (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez via Reuters / file)
Leader of the left-wing formation Podemus, Pablo Iglesias, This Monday announced that He will leave his position as vice president in the Spanish government and aspire to the regional presidency of Madrid in the upcoming elections on 4 May.
“I will run in the elections on May 4 in the Community of Madrid,” Iglesias said in a video on his social networks, which is currently controlled by the right.
Iglesias, Who has held the position of Vice President for Social Rights since January 2020 when Podemos entered the executive power as a junior partner of the Socialists, He indicated that he had informed the Prime Minister, Socialist Pedro Sanchez, that he would leave “his position in the government when the campaign begins.”
At the helm of Podemos since its inception in 2014, Pablo Iglesias, Former university professor of political science, He is one of the four vice presidents of the first Spanish coalition government since the end of Franco’s dictatorship in 1975.
The goal of his decision, according to Iglesias, is Building a “strong and strong nomination” and preventing the “extreme right” from governing In the Capitoline District.
To this end, the Podemos leader called for a left-wing bloc unity and Showed more Madrid To form a “unique” nomination for the elections.
“I’ve been thinking about it a lot (…) I have decided that if the registrars want it, I will present myself in the primaries to be a candidate for the Madrid Community elections. The fighter should be there where he is most helpful, rest assured that I will put all of my experience, all my heart and the strength of my organization to build a strong and broad left-wing nomination.Iglesias said.
“ The immense danger and the tremendous opportunity before us demands that we take responsibility, humility and a high mind to work together in nominating the unit.He explained, stressing that he is “aware” of the “scars” that exist with the party that he leads at the national level. Íñigo Errejón.
Iglesias also announced it The leadership of Unidos Podemos will cede to the Minister of Labor, Yolanda Diaz, Who will take over as well Second Vice President position.
Iglesias indicated that the time has come to take bold decisions in the face of the political moment and he believes so The Podemos people and the left want me to be a candidate in the upcoming general elections.
In addition, he said that the wallet Ministry of Social Rights To the hand of the current Secretary of State for the 2030 Agenda, Ion Bellara.
Iglesias’ surprise announcement came after the president of Madrid last week, Isabel Diaz Ayuso From the Popular Party (PP, right), he will announce the call for early elections in the region.
President of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso (EUROPA PRESS / A. Ortega)
This decision came after the liberals from Ciudadanos in the small region of Murcia (southeast) cut their alliance with the PPP and supported a proposal from the Socialists to try to remove the right from power.
Díaz Ayuso claimed to have resigned and called elections to avoid a proposal to be blamed in MadridAnd it is another of the areas where the People’s Party ruled with the citizens.
Immediately after Iglesias’ announcement, Diaz Ayuso tweeted: “Communism, the Mother of Freedom. May 4”.
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