Founder of Spanish leftist Podemos party Pablo Iglesias retires

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Spain’s new Deputy Prime Minister for social rights and sustainable development Pablo Iglesias speaks after being handed over the portfolio in Madrid, Spain, January 13, 2020. REUTERS/Susana Vera/File Photo

Pony-tailed Spanish politician Pablo Iglesias abruptly retired from politics on Tuesday night, a month after stepping down from his post as deputy prime minister of the central government.

The 42-year-old founder of the leftist Podemos party made a surprise move a few weeks ago to run in the capital region’s elections, which ended in a landslide victory for conservative candidate Isabel Díaz Ayuso on Tuesday night. read more

“I’m leaving all party politics … I won’t be an obstacle for the renewal of leadership our political force needs,” Iglesias told reporters late on Tuesday after learning the results, which he described as a tragedy.

“We have failed,” he said.

Although Iglesias had already announced he would not run for prime minister in the next…

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