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Spain: 'We are ready to lead a government' - Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias02:34

Spain: 'We are ready to lead a government' - Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias

Spain, Valencia
December 19, 2015 at 11:47 GMT +00:00 · Published

Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias delivered a speech during the party's final rally before voting begins in the Spanish general elections, at the La Fontera sports centre in Valencia on Friday.

Speaking to thousands of supporters, Iglesias began by praising the '15-M' anti-austerity movement, which is linked closely to Podemos itself, describing it as the "deepest change that has occurred in this country in the last 40 years." He went on to say that he doesn't want to be prime minister, just in order "to be the boss of the citizens," but on the contrary, to be "an employee of the citizens, who can listen to the people of this country."

The Podemos leader stressed, "we don't look to the past, we look to the future because we have a project for the country." He said "we are ready to lead a government," noting that "we have reached the end of the campaign with a chance of winning, and we can feel the nervousness and tension among representatives of the old structures."

The 2015 Spanish general election is set for Sunday, with all 350 seats in the Congress of Deputies and 208 of 266 seats in the Senate up for grabs. Polls suggest the ruling Popular Party is expected to maintain its hold on power. Nevertheless, they will likely need to reach an agreement with other political groupings in order to obtain a majority in Parliament. The Socialist Party, Podemos and Ciudadanos are competing for second position, with the United Left-Popular Unity in behind them, according to the polls.

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Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias delivered a speech during the party's final rally before voting begins in the Spanish general elections, at the La Fontera sports centre in Valencia on Friday.

Speaking to thousands of supporters, Iglesias began by praising the '15-M' anti-austerity movement, which is linked closely to Podemos itself, describing it as the "deepest change that has occurred in this country in the last 40 years." He went on to say that he doesn't want to be prime minister, just in order "to be the boss of the citizens," but on the contrary, to be "an employee of the citizens, who can listen to the people of this country."

The Podemos leader stressed, "we don't look to the past, we look to the future because we have a project for the country." He said "we are ready to lead a government," noting that "we have reached the end of the campaign with a chance of winning, and we can feel the nervousness and tension among representatives of the old structures."

The 2015 Spanish general election is set for Sunday, with all 350 seats in the Congress of Deputies and 208 of 266 seats in the Senate up for grabs. Polls suggest the ruling Popular Party is expected to maintain its hold on power. Nevertheless, they will likely need to reach an agreement with other political groupings in order to obtain a majority in Parliament. The Socialist Party, Podemos and Ciudadanos are competing for second position, with the United Left-Popular Unity in behind them, according to the polls.

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