Podemos' Iglesias Celebrates Spanish Election Result
Published 21 December 2015
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's conservative Popular Party (PP) lost its absolute majority in national elections Sunday.
Pablo Iglesias, the leader of the leftist political party Podemos, hailed Sunday's general election as opening up a 'time of historic compromise" after his anti-austerity party finished third in Spain's general election.
Electoral results showed that Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's conservative Popular Party (PP) lost its absolute majority in national elections, securing 123 seats. The PP was followed by the centre-left PSOE who secured 91 seats, while Podemos won 69 seats and Ciudadano 40 seats in the country's Congress.
In his speech, Iglesias announced plans to start a fresh round of contact with all political forces to propose constitutional changes, which he considers necessary for the electoral system to reflect the "principle of proportionality.' He added that another week of campaigning and another debate could have resulted in a victory for Podemos.
'Citizens have ended the two-party system,' Iglesias said, praising the results obtained in the important regions of Catalunya, the Basque Country and Valencia, where Podemos obtained a majority of votes.
Iglesias also discussed the issue of Catalan independence. 'I don't want them to be separated from Spain but I defend the referendum," he said, hailing the birth of 'a new Spain." His party has campaigned for a pluri-national but unified Spain.
Podemos was formed in January 2014 by Iglesias and a group of fellow leftist university intellectuals. The party grew from "Los Indignados," a grassroots protest movement calling for radical change amid soaring unemployment and austerity measures.
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