A new ‘leftist kid’ shakes Spanish politics
Iñigo Errejón. File photo: EFE-EPA
Madrid (EuroEFE/EA.es).- A new poll conducted by the official Center for Sociological Research projects a 3.5% drop for the socialist party (PSOE) in the upcoming elections amid fears of division in the leftist camp.
According to the survey, PSOE would obtain a moderate 27% setback, compared to the 28 April general election results. The socialists came out victorious but did not obtain a sufficient majority to form a government.
The latest survey was carried out before the announcement for fresh elections on 10 November, and before leftist leader Iñigo Errejón, co-founder of Podemos (We Can), decided this week to launch a new party: Más País (More for the Country).
Íñigo Errejón, a 35-year-old leftist, left Podemos in January due to strong disagreements with its polemic leader and his former close friend, Pablo Iglesias. “Íñigo and I were very good friends, we’re not anymore,” Iglesias said on Tuesday (24 September).
The poll, therefore, does not appear to reflect the “Errejón effect”, which could cause a strong fragmentation of votes among supporters of Podemos, PSOE and Más País.
Analysts suggest that Errejon’s new party could have a disastrous effect, as it could deal a severe blow not only to Pablo Iglesias but also to the Spanish left as a whole. This could, in turn, favour the conservative forces, in particular, the Partido Popular (PP, right-wing), the liberal-centrists of Ciudadanos (Citizens) and the far-right Vox, which could eventually forge a “trilateral” front.
However, acting socialist PM Pedro Sánchez has said that he is not concerned about Errejón’s new party. “We expected a re-composition of the political space of Podemos, to the left of PSOE”, Sánchez said.