Podemos Faces Crisis as only 16% of Sympathisers vote to Select Election Candidates.
Success Less and Less Clear.
El Pais reports that this week’s internal primaries for the coming Spanish elections invovled only 16% of the sympathisers entitled to vote, around 60,000 people. Of these 82% plebiscited Pablo Iglesias as candidate for the Presidency of the government.
Iglesias has declared that the level of participation was “muy alta”. El Pais
This comes as Podemos slips ever lower in the opinion polls, hovering at 15% (from a high of over 30% only last November).
This week the French Communist Daily, l’Humanité published a scathing attack on Iglesias by Jean Ortiz (« Podemos » et la machine à perdre ?). Ortiz lost no time in ascribing the downward path and loss of support of Podemos to the Iglesias leadership.
Citing theParty boss’s lengthy interview in New Left Review he noted how the lider maximo had effectively reduced anti-republicanism to giving the Spanish Royal a box set of Game of Thrones. Other policies, from feminism, secularism, the removal of NATO bases, and even, a central plank of their programme, debt renegotiation, had been dropped or played down. He also gave prominance to the continuing attacks on the Spanish left alliance, the Izquirda Unida.
Others blame Iglesias’ overwhelming vanity for loss of momentum and political direction of Podemos.