The leaders of the PSOE and Podemos, Pedro Sanchez and Pablo Iglesias, respectively, have today spoken about forming a “plural and progressive” government. The conversation was cordial and both have agreed to maintain contact in the coming days on the need to reach an agreement to form a government of “progressive change”.
In a joint statement, Iglesias stressed the importance of “no further delays” in the formation of the next government, while Sanchez stated that, before the allocation of seats on the Executive, agreement would have to be reached on policies that will arise from this hypothetical coalition.
The conversation was conducted after Pablo Iglesias published a newspaper article on Sunday afternoon defending the agreement, swiftly followed by a response Sanchez published on Twitter that he had been unable to hold talks with the leader of Podemos.
Both leaders spoke after Iglesias returned a call made by Sanchez, which was their first contact since PSOE the bid was launched on Friday, when the PSOE leader was received in audience by the King.
Iglesias has insisted that, “above all,” the important thing is that there is a “government of progress.” Sanchez, meanwhile, has said he is willing to talk with all political forces who want “a progressive and reformist change.
In the joint statement, Iglesias also committed to dialogue “with the forces that do not share the PP roadmap” and emphasised the importance of “no further delay in time” in finding an alternative to the Government of Mariano Rajoy. Moreover, he insists that any Executive headed by Pedro Sanchez has to have Podemos and IU ministers in proportion with the results of the December 20th election.