The Minister of Social Rights, Ione Belarra, has been elected new secretary general of Podemos, replacing Pablo Iglesias, with 85.61% of the votes cast in the party’s primaries.
Of those around 139,000 subscribers In Podemos with the right to vote in the IV Citizen Assembly that is held in the Madrid town of Alcorcón, 53,443 have participated in the vote and, of them, 45,753 have chosen Belarra.
With Grass two other applicants competed to the General Secretariat that Iglesias has left, the critical activist Fernando Barredo and the councilor of the San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Madrid) City Council, Esteban Tettamanti.
The recently proclaimed secretary general of Podemos, Ione Belarra, has taken advantage of her first speech before the militancy as the new leader of the party to thank her predecessor for what she achieved: “Thank you, Pablo Iglesias. Here we continue. This will always be your home, “he highlighted, awakening the applause of supporters.
Belarra, in the fourth Citizen Assembly of Podemos, which inaugurates this Sunday a new cycle without churches, has underlined its appreciation to the former leader of the purple for everything achieved in seven years until reaching the Government, and is committed to continue fighting to change things in Spain.
In his speech, he wanted to do special mention to the United Left, to the different regional groupings of the party and to the unions.
He also wanted to thank the struggle and the presence in the act of the international forces who have accompanied him, including the Polisario Front.