Spanish Left Rejects Government Led only by Social Democrats

The leader of Unidos Podemos (UP), Pablo Iglesias, lashed out today against the claim of the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) to marginalize the left in a future government. 'If citizens had wanted a single-colored government they would have given absolute majority to PSOE,' Iglesias stressed the resistance of the secretary general of the centennial social democratic group, Pedro Sanchez, to share an administration with UP.

Interviewed by Spanish Television, the leftist leader rejected on Friday the proposal of Sanchez, who the day before was open to the presence of a UP minister of technical profile, but not political.

A condition that would prevent a possible coalition executive of members of the UP leadership, including the churches themselves, also the maximum responsible for the anti-austerity party Podemos.

'In a democracy governs he who comes to the elections and has the support of citizens,' he reflected on the hypothetical appointment of independent technocrats.

'What we cannot do between partners is to disrespect our voters,' he warned the progressive politician about the PSOE veto to which leaders of the Podemos leadership sit in the Council of Ministers.

Iglesias urged Sanchez to leave behind the red lines to share power and demanded respect and a comprehensive negotiation, in which, he insisted, they would simultaneously talk about programs, budgets and teams.

If that separates, as the candidate for re-election tries, 'the papers are blown away and you have to bet on the guarantees,' expressed the general secretary of Podemos, who on multiple occasions expressed his fear that socialists would agree with the right.

Citizens are tired of 'marketing and posturing' and want us to sit down and talk, and that implies everything, without vetoes or exclusions, he said.

Despite the stagnation of negotiations to advance the constitution of a government, he was convinced that his PSOE peer will end up understanding these approaches and, therefore, will review their position.

In his opinion, it would be irresponsible to go to new elections as the Social Democrats would give the image that before agreeing they prefer an electoral repetition to try to have more power.

The Socialists were the most voted list in the general elections on April 28, winning 123 seats in the Congress of Deputies, but they stayed away from the absolute majority (176 seats) to form a single-color cabinet.

To guarantee his re-election, Sánchez must obtain the support of 176 deputies or more in the first vote of the investiture session, scheduled for July 22 and 23.

If this is not achieved, the lower house will hold a new suffrage two days later (July 25), in which the presidential candidate hardly requires a simple majority, that is, more votes in favor than against.
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