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Iglesias will play key role in Spain's elections

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Subject

Profile of Pablo Iglesias.

Significance

Pablo Iglesias consolidated his leadership of Podemos during the second half of 2014 and is leading a major challenge to both the governing Popular Party (PP) and the opposition Socialist Party (PSOE) in this year's local, regional and general elections. A specialist in political communication who became well known as a TV presenter and political chat-show participant, his personal credibility will be crucial to Podemos's performance.

Impacts

  • Iglesias benefits from being a familiar face to Spaniards yet relatively new to national political life.
  • At a time when nearly all institutions have been discredited in the public eye, his is the main party to offer a new start.
  • He has pledged to call elections to a constituent assembly and supports Catalan demands for the 'right to decide' the relationship to Spain.
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