Be the person in charge of Organization of the party, since to date Alberto Rodrguez held

Verstrynge, during an act of the Madrid campaign.JAVI MARTNEZ

One day after being chosen by the militancy as the new secretary general of Podemos, Ione Belarra made her first internal decision: to appoint Lilith Verstrynge as head of organization of training address.

Thus, Verstrynge replaces Alberto Rodriguez as number three of the party after it announced on May 13 that it would take “a step to the side” and would not be part of any candidacy to lead Podemos.

Belarra’s commitment is to design a “coral” and “feminized” dome in Podemos, a desire that can be seen in the election of Verstrynge as the party’s top organization manager.

Lilith Verstrynge (Madrid, 1993) has been a member of Podemos for several years, a formation of which she has been an advisor at different times. He was part of the electoral list of Pablo Iglesias – he had previously been part of his Speech team in the second vice presidency of the Government – to the Madrid Assembly in the face of the recent autonomous elections of 4-M, but did not achieve a seat.

At an organic level, he already performed functions within Podemos as head of Ecological Transition in the previous executive. Party members selected her as 11th on the State Citizen Council resulting from the Assembly held this weekend in Alcorcn.

A major challenge

The challenge facing Verstrynge is no less: to be in charge of designing the territorial rearticulation that the party needs after losing presence and membership in various regions of the country in recent years.

The intention of Belarra, which has surrounded itself with numerous autonomous leaders of the formation in its team, is to relaunch the structure of the formation and root it in a decentralized way, within the “choral” scheme that it has proposed in its political plan. “There is a lot of Spain beyond Madrid,” she expressed during her first speech as general secretary, this Sunday.

The Belarra campaign was already designed with the intention of highlighting the “plurinationality” that Podemos understands about the territorial model of Spain. Thus, he toured various points of the national geography during the presentation of his project: Valencia, Zaragoza, Gijn, Cceres …

To date, Alberto Rodríguez had been the Secretary of the Organization of Podemos. On May 13, days after the political resignation of Pablo Iglesias, he announced that he would not continue in this new stage in training: “It is time to close a stage,” he said. Something that framed within a “natural process” of internal changes in Podemos.

“This decision has nothing to do with the unjust police persecution that I suffer,” he stressed, in relation to the judicial case that he has open, in which he is accused of having attacked a policeman in January 2014, and for the that fiscal of the Supreme Court requests six months in prison.


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