The current Secretary of the Podemos Organization, Lilith Verstrynge, announced this Friday that she will leave her party positions and her membership in Congress. “Farewells are difficult and sad. I leave my political responsibilities and also the record of being a deputy,” he wrote on X, formerly Twitter. “A thousand thanks for the activism of Podemos and the people who trusted me during these years,” he added.
Strings of ‘number three’ of Podemos from 2021, when he replaced Alberto Rodríguez in office. Later, in 2022, he was appointed Secretary of State for Agenda 2030, when Ione Belarra, head of the purple formation, was in charge of the Ministry of Social Rights and Agenda 2030. In Congress, he was a representative of Barcelona.
Las despedidas son difíciles y tristes. Dejo mis responsabilidades políticas y también el acta de diputada.
Mil gracias a la militancia de Podemos y a las personas que habéis confiado en mi estos años.
— Lilith Verstrynge (@LilithVerstryng) January 26, 2024
Belarra thanked him for his “work in difficult circumstances, as he also published in On his part, the ‘number two’ of the party, Irene Montero, also expressed her love for him on the same social network: “The priority now is you. We love you, and we will continue walking together.”
Podemos will lose a deputy
When he leaves Congress, his seat will be occupied by Candela López, next on the list of 23J for the constituency of Barcelona where Verstrynge ran. It is expected that López, from Catalunya en Comú, will join the Sumar parliamentary group, so it goes from 26 to 27 deputies, and Podemos will lose a seat from five to four.
Podemos ran in the last general election combined with the platform of Sumar, led by Yolanda Díaz, and which brought together 14 other parties, such as Compromís or Más Madrid. By agreement between Belarra and Díaz, the purple formation starts in five positions with the possibility of getting a seat among them that of Verstrynge.
However, clashes between the two led to Podemos completely disbanding Sumar in December and five of its deputies moving to the mixed group. “We cannot do Sumar politics. The rules are not the same for everyone in the coalition,” they said.