SECRETARY-GENERAL of anti-austerity independent party Podemos Pablo Iglesias announced on Thursday (April 30) that candidate number three Juan Carlos Monedero has resigned from the party’s Board of Directors.
“This situation is tremendously painful for me,” said Mr Iglesias during a press conference, and continued: “He is one of my best friends and a key figure to our political biography and to the party.”
“Perhaps Juan Carlos is not made for politics, as he is an intellectual who needs to spread his wings,” said the party head.
Monedero’s resignation from all his roles comes after a controversial interview given by the number-three to Cable radio in which he claimed: “Some times Podemos closely resembles those parties that it wants to overcome,” although he clarified: “It is still the most decent party in the Spanish political scene.” He also explained that there were ‘tensions within the party’, hinting at differences amongst members of the board of directors.
Mr Iglesias admitted that he did not share some of his friend’s opinions and claimed that Monedero’s words had a bitter tone.
The now ex-member of the board of directors clarified that he will not be leaving the party and that his commitment to the party is as strong as ever.