Second-round election process gets underway

Podemos and Izquierda Unida parties form alliance to run jointly

Izquierda Unida leader Albert Garzón (L) and Podemos's Pablo Iglesias Photo: EFE

By Dave Jamieson

With Friday’s deadline looming for political alliances to register ahead of next month’s general election, anti-austerity party Podemos and left-wing Izquierda Unida on Monday agreed to join forces. A recent opinion poll – which came out before the alliance was announced – suggests that such a coalition could take more votes on June 26 than the socialist PSOE party.

Under the deal, which is pending ratification by party members, the total number of seats won by the alliance will be distributed with one seat for IU for every six seats for Podemos.

The latest Social Research Centre survey, polling 2,500 voters, was carried out last month, before King Felipe formally dissolved parliament, and coinciding with the publication of the so-called Panama papers and the subsequent resignation of the Industry Minister, José Manuel Soría.

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