Izquierda Unida sticks with leader for 2008 poll

16th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

16 November 2007, Madrid - United Left (IU) leader Gaspar Llamazares was reelected Thursday as the party's candidate ahead of the March general election, winning ample support from grassroots members and consolidating his leadership of the communist-dominated coalition.

16 November 2007

Madrid - United Left (IU) leader Gaspar Llamazares was reelected Thursday as the party's candidate ahead of the March general election, winning ample support from grassroots members and consolidating his leadership of the communist-dominated coalition.

Llamazares, who has led the IU since 2001, won 62.5 percent of the vote in this week's primary election, compared to the 37.5 percent won by rival Marga Sanz, who had been backed by the Communists of the PCE. Llamazares' pledge to open the coalition to all "forces of the left" - from green parties to nationalist groups - won him favor with the membership.

"A new era now begins: the internal renovation and reestablishment of the Spanish left," Llamazares declared triumphantly after the results were announced. But Sanz has complained of ballot cards not reaching many members in time for the election, particularly in the southern region of Andalusia.

[Copyright EL PAÍS, SL. 2007]

Subject: Spanish news


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