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Sumar recovers hopes of the Spanish left with alliances

Madrid, Jun 9 (Prensa Latina) Izquierda Unida (IU) will join the Sumar movement in the general elections in Spain on July 23, an announcement today joined by other parties.

This was confirmed this Friday by the general coordinator of the IU, Alberto Garzón, a few hours after the expiration of the term established by the electoral law to present a coalition.

Garzón said on his Twitter account that “the historic party that makes up the Communist Party of Spain will have deputies in the future parliamentary group and they will work autonomously”.

Also, the IU spokesperson and MEP, Sira Rego, announced she is renouncing the lists for the general elections “to facilitate the presence of colleagues from other territories on the lists.”

“A gesture of generosity from this party regarding Sumar’s collective project,” wrote Garzón, who himself had carried out a similar action before.

At the same time, he took the opportunity to apologize to the public for the noise that has marked the negotiation process for the broad left-wing coalition, which will be led by the second vice president and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz.

On the other hand, Podemos joined the pact with Yolanda Díaz, although she asked for time to continue negotiating.

With Sumar, in addition to IU and Podemos, Compromís, Más Madrid, Chunta Aragonesista, Més in the Balearic Islands, Baztarre in Navarra or the Andalusian People’s Initiative, among others, are integrated.

A joint candidacy that seeks to become an alternative to the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE), the majority in the Government, with which another coalition Executive would repeat if imposed, something that predictions do not endorse.

Although the conservative Popular Party (PP) is the favorite to win in the elections on July 23, the agreement with Sumar offers a second wind to the left, badly hit after the municipal and regional elections on May 28.

Díaz is among the most popular political figures in Spain and although she is the highest representative in the Government of Unidas Podemos (Izquierda Unida and Podemos), she needs to show herself as an alternative with joint support.