Spain's anti-austerity progressive leader Pablo Iglesias said Friday his Podemos party was prepared to form a coalition government with the social democratic PSOE party and the United Left party, known as the IU.
“I told (King Felipe VI) that we're willing to form a government of change with the socialists and United Left,” Iglesias said.
Iglesias met with Felipe Friday. The monarch is now expected to speak with PSOE leader Pedro Sanchez and acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy.
PSOE's party came second to Rajoy's Popular Party in elections in December, though no party won an outright majority. Podemos secured third place.
The inconclusive elections prompted major parties to seek coalitions with smaller parties.
In a press conference, Iglesias said under a coalition government, Sanchez would be handed the position of prime minister, while he would be deputy.
“If the PSOE wants it, there can be a government of change,” he said.
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If no party can lock in a coalition, Spain could head to new elections. However, recent polls suggest Spanish voters would oppose new elections, with one by Metroscopia revealing 61 percent of respondents would rather the parties forge cross-party alliances to form a functional government, compared with 33 percent who said they would like to see another election.
If another election were to take place, Metroscopia says the upstart Podemos could usurp the social democratic PSOE party and finish second. However, the conservative Popular Party of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy would still place first, though it would still fall short of the 176 seats in parliament required for an absolute majority.
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