Lilith Verstrynge quits politics, Podemos seats reduced to four

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On December 12, 2023, Lilith Verstrynge, the former Secretary of Podemos Organization and party deputy, announced her departure from her political responsibilities in the party and her membership in Congress. She did not provide reasons for her decision. Verstrynge expressed her gratitude to the Podemos militancy for their trust and support during her time in the party. The news was met with messages of support from Podemos leaders, including Ione Belarra and Irene Montero, who emphasized the importance of Verstrynge’s well-being.

While the exact reasons for Verstrynge’s resignation have not been disclosed, it is speculated that health concerns may be a contributing factor. Podemos has acknowledged Verstrynge’s significant contributions as the head of the Organization Secretariat, particularly in her negotiations with Sumar. The party has expressed its best wishes for her and emphasized that Podemos will always be her home.

Verstrynge’s departure will reduce Podemos’ representation in Congress to four seats, as she was part of the group that broke with Sumar and joined the Mixed. This change will also result in Sumar gaining an additional representative. Candela López, who is associated with Sumar, is next in line to take Verstrynge’s seat in Congress.

Verstrynge has been a key figure in Podemos, serving as the Secretary of State for Agenda 2030 and playing a prominent role in negotiations for left-wing coalitions and electoral alliances. Her departure will necessitate the appointment of a replacement for the head of the Organization Secretariat within Podemos.

In addition to Verstrynge’s resignation, Podemos has experienced several other losses in its leadership, including former leaders Nacho Álvarez, Sofía Castañón, Alejandra Jacinto, Jaume Asens, Jesús Santos, Rafa Mayoral, and Antón Gómez Reino. The party is currently focused on its primaries to select candidates for the European elections and regional coordinators for eight autonomous communities.

Irene Montero is a leading candidate in the European elections, and regional leadership positions are being contested in Madrid, the Valencian Community, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Murcia, Catalonia, Asturias, and Aragon. Members of the state leadership, such as Isa Serra, María Teresa Pérez, Lucía Muñoz, Javier Sánchez Serna, and Conchi Abellán, are participating in these regional processes.

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