Leftist coalition purges Communist Party troika
United Left leader Gaspar Llamazares on Tuesday purged the leftist coalition of critics of his rule.
19 December 2007
MADRID - United Left leader Gaspar Llamazares on Tuesday purged the leftist coalition of critics of his rule, three months before Spaniards go to the polls in a general election.
In a coup for Llamazares, allies in the coalition's executive board voted 30 to one to strip Felipe Alcaraz, Willy Meyer and Manuel Monereo of their executive powers. The three hail from the Spanish Communist Party (PCE), the founding member of the United Left (IU) coalition, and have long been critical of the current party leadership. In a statement, the executive board said the changes had been made in order to "improve the IU's capacity for collective leadership and to ensure a coherent political line" ahead of the 9 March election.
In the last general election in 2004, in which Llamazares was also the party's candidate, the coalition won 5.3 percent of the vote.
[Copyright EL PAÍS, SL. 2007]
Subject: Spanish news