Founder of Spanish leftist Podemos party Pablo Iglesias retires


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 DĂ­az 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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