Podemos and Cuidadanos – Spain’s new grass root parties have made gains in local and regional elections, at the expense of traditional main parties. On May 24, Spain held local and regional elections, the country’s traditional two-party system (PP and PSOE) was severely shaken by two new entrants in the political competition: Podemos – the new grass root party, came from the aftermarth of the indignados / 15M social movement to stop Troika and austerity in Spain rallied by radical left savy political science academics – and Ciudadanos, a party that emerged in Catalonia in 2006 to represent a niche of anti-separatist and centre-right voters transformed now into a nation-wide party competing with the PP for the conservative electorate with an anti-corruption and fresh-looking branding and leadership.
The Spanish local and regional elections of 24 May 2015
The 2015 local and regional elections have been full of excitement and uncertainty. After seven years of economic crisis and austerity policies, the Spanish party system is showing important signs of turbulence. Podemos, continues the process of social change – becoming the third-strongest party. The PP is the largest party with 29.2% of the vote, followed by the PSOE with 24.1%. Well behind is Podemos with 13.5% of the vote – still, a remarkable figure for a party only founded in January 2014 – READ full information – Professor Laura Morales and Dr Luis Ramiro discuss important signs of turbulence in the Spanish party system, PRESS RELEASE from the Uiniversity of Leicester
The use of social networks to win elections
Similar to earlier emergencies during heavy clashes with riot police, the movement – now institutionalised as grass root parties – were able to rally support through the use of the social networks. – READ Enrique Dans’ article: Spain’s grassroots parties show how smart use of the social networks can win elections — Enrique Dans — Medium.
Further information on the earlier protest movement in Spain:
- #23F – Spain: Tens of Thousands Raise Their Voice posted on February 24, 2013
- #16M #Spain – New protests against European market interests posted on March 4, 2013
- #TsunamiBlanco3 Spain: Ongoing protests to defend public health system Posted on December 9, 2012
- #14N General Strike in Spain – protest platforms and workers united on the streets, Posted on November 14, 2012
- Spain from 15M to 25S: Protest movement can’t be banned from speaking out,Posted on October 4, 2012
- Interview with protest platform #25S in Spain: Will they follow the Icelandic way? October 2, 2012
- #25S Spain: Re-reading Bulter’s comment on protests – “bodies are their last resource…”, October 5, 2012
Podemos came from the aftermath of the Indignados movement against inequality and corruption in 2011. Its origin can be found in the manifesto Mover ficha: convertir la indignación en cambio político, which was signed by thirty intellectuals and personalities, such as Juan Carlos Monedero, associate professor of political science at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid (UCM); the actor Alberto San Juan; Jaime Pastor, associate professor of political science at the UNED; the writer and philosopher Santiago Alba Rico; the former leader of the Left Trade Union Current Cándido González Carnero; and Bibiana Medialdea, associate professor of applied economy at the UCM. The left-wing political party in Spain was founded in 2014 by Pablo Iglesias. podemos.info, podemostorremolinos.wordpress.com