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Spain: Podemos' Iglesias offers himself as vice president of possible coalition government01:55

Spain: Podemos' Iglesias offers himself as vice president of possible coalition government

Spain, Madrid
January 22, 2016 at 14:53 GMT +00:00 · Published

Pablo Iglesias, leader of the Podemos party, spoke at the Spanish Parliament in Madrid to express his desire to become vice president of a coalition government in Spain, together with the Socialist Party of Spain (PSOE), United Left (IU) and several electoral coalitions, Friday.

Iglesias said he had spoken with the king of Spain to demonstrate "our willingness to form a government of change with the Socialist Party and United Left" at a moment when the traditional parties "seem to be very comfortable simply making statements."

"Spain can not afford to wait," he stressed, challenging PSOE Secretary General Pedro Sanchez "to start a dialogue open to the public." He went on to say that "if we aspire to be president and vice president of a new government, the citizens deserve to see us talking."

Podemos managed to obtain 42 seats out of 350 in the elections that took place on December 20, behind Popular Party (pp) with 123 and PSOE with 90. The leader of PSOE, Pedro Sanchez, has not answered Iglesias' proposal yet; as for Alberto Garzon, leader of United Left (IU), he agreed but stated the importance of having a common programme.

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Pablo Iglesias, leader of the Podemos party, spoke at the Spanish Parliament in Madrid to express his desire to become vice president of a coalition government in Spain, together with the Socialist Party of Spain (PSOE), United Left (IU) and several electoral coalitions, Friday.

Iglesias said he had spoken with the king of Spain to demonstrate "our willingness to form a government of change with the Socialist Party and United Left" at a moment when the traditional parties "seem to be very comfortable simply making statements."

"Spain can not afford to wait," he stressed, challenging PSOE Secretary General Pedro Sanchez "to start a dialogue open to the public." He went on to say that "if we aspire to be president and vice president of a new government, the citizens deserve to see us talking."

Podemos managed to obtain 42 seats out of 350 in the elections that took place on December 20, behind Popular Party (pp) with 123 and PSOE with 90. The leader of PSOE, Pedro Sanchez, has not answered Iglesias' proposal yet; as for Alberto Garzon, leader of United Left (IU), he agreed but stated the importance of having a common programme.