Pablo Iglesias re-elected as Podemos leader

The firebrand leader cemented his control of the left-wing party by winning both the votes in the general secretary and political agenda races, both of which he said he needed to win to remain in the top job

LAST UPDATED: 13 Feb, 2017 @ 10:56
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Pablo Iglesias makes his victory speech following his re-election as Podemos's general secretary
Pablo Iglesias makes his victory speech following his re-election as Podemos’s general secretary

PABLO Iglesias has been re-elected as Podemos leader in a landslide victory.

The firebrand leader cemented his control of the left-wing party by winning both the votes in the general secretary and political agenda races, both of which he said he needed to win to remain in the top job.

Iglesias, 39, won the general leadership vote at the party’s general conference with an overwhelming 89% of membership backing, easily defeating Juan Moreno Yagüe, a little known Andalucian MP.

Pablo Iglesias and Inigo Errejon hug after the Podemos votes
Pablo Iglesias and Inigo Errejon hug after the Podemos votes

He also triumphed against his biggest threat, the more moderate Iñigo Errejón, whose policy package gained only 33% of the votes against Iglesias’s 56%.

It is not yet known if Errejón, who was openly critical of Podemos to run on a joint general election ticket with United Left (which includes the Partido Comunista de Espana) will continue in his role as the party’s political secretary and spokesperson.

His list of party loyalists also triumphed in the elections to the party’s citizens’ council, the main decision-making body, by gaining 60% of the total seats.

 

 

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