Lilith Verstrynge, the former Secretary of Podemos Organization and party deputy, announced on December 12, 2023, that she is leaving her “political responsibilities” in the party and her membership in Congress. She did not explain the reasons for her decision. Verstrynge thanked the Podemos militancy for their trust and support during her time in the party. The leader of Podemos, Ione Belarra, and former Minister of Equality Irene Montero both expressed their concern for Verstrynge’s well-being and wished her the best.
It is speculated that Verstrynge’s resignation may be due to health reasons, although this has not been confirmed by the party. Podemos sources have thanked Verstrynge for her work at the head of the Organization Secretariat, particularly her role in negotiations with Sumar. It is suggested that her resignation will reduce Podemos’ representation in Congress to four seats, as Verstrynge’s departure opens the door for Sumar to gain one representative.
Verstrynge was a key member of the purple leadership and held various positions within Podemos, including Secretary of State for Agenda 2030. She played a prominent role in negotiations for left-wing coalitions and regional elections. Her resignation will require Podemos to appoint a replacement at the head of the Organization Secretariat.
In addition to Verstrynge’s resignation, Podemos has experienced several other losses in its leadership in recent months. Former leaders Nacho Álvarez, Sofía Castañón, Alejandra Jacinto, Jaume Asens, Jesús Santos, Rafa Mayoral, and Antón Gómez Reino have all resigned from their positions or left the party. Podemos is currently in the process of holding primaries to elect its representatives for the European elections and to elect regional coordinators in eight autonomous communities.
Overall, Verstrynge’s resignation marks a significant change in Podemos’ leadership and will require the party to make adjustments to its representation in Congress. The reasons for her departure remain unclear, but it is clear that her absence will be felt within the party.
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