PSOE and Podemos leaders hold their first heart-to-heart

LEADERS of the PSOE and Podemos parties, Pedro Sanchez and Pablo Iglesias, expressed their satisfaction after their first-ever meeting, held on Wednesday night.
The discussion, which was held in an unknown location, is said to have lasted around an hour and a half and progressed under a “cordial atmosphere,” according to PSOE sources.
It is the first time that the two leaders have talked face-to-face after the local elections of May 24, when they held two conversations by phone.
One of the issues discussed was the electoral map after the elections, and the need to seal pacts amongst different parties with elected representation to finally form the governments of the different municipalities.
Sanchez and Iglesias have planned another meeting after the regional pacts are drawn up, although the next one will be held publically.
“The processes are up to those who won the majority, not us, although we are willing to facilitate it,” said Mr Iglesias, who said Mr Sanchez confirmed that he did not hold any intentions to pact with the conservative PP party.
The two leaders also discussed the democratic regeneration currently being experienced by the country. The head of PSOE expressed his wish to carry out a comprehensive political renewal.
The PSOE socialist party depends on Podemos to govern in regions such as Madrid, the Valencian Community, Aragon, the Balearic Islands or Castilla-La Mancha, while platforms related to Podemos need the support of the socialists to take control of city halls in Madrid, Zaragoza, Sevilla and Cadiz, amongst others.
In all these communities, negotiations are currently taking place between representatives of the socialist party and Podemos, with requests related to democratic overhauls, the fight against corruption and search for solutions to the ‘social emergency’ that they claim Spain is currently going through.
Head of Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, is so far the only leader of a key party who has not been called to meet the Spanish President Mariano Rajoy, who has already held sessions with Pedro Sanchez and head of Ciudadanos, Albert Rivera.

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